Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP)

Common Homemade Explosives Precursor ChemicalsPowerful explosives can be made from common consumer goods, like pool sanitizers, fertilizers, and paint removers, that are bought and sold every day in communities across the United States. With the increase in the use of these common items to make homemade explosives (HME) and improvised explosive devices (IED), an educated and proactive public is the key to prevention. To establish a national outreach program in partnership with states, the Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP):

  • Increases public and private sector awareness of those everyday products that terrorists and criminals can use to make a bomb or other dangerous device.
  • Provides public awareness and education to help businesses and their employees identify and report suspicious purchasing behaviors of common items that can be used to make bombs.
  • Promotes a community of informed and vigilant business partners who serve as the nation’s counter-IED “eyes-and-ears” as the first line of defense in providing early detection of suspicious sales and activities.
  • Encourages a stronger relationship between businesses and local law enforcement agencies, reinforcing the foundation of effective community safety and security.

The program is designed to be integrated into existing state and local outreach and liaison programs—such as Information Liaison Officer (ILO) or Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO)—community policing efforts, and private sector security and training programs. For those who would like to launch BMAP for your community or organization, please see information on BMAP training below.

Reporting Suspicious Behavior

Businesses, their employees, and the public play a critical role in helping safeguard their communities by recognizing and reporting suspicious purchases or other behavior that indicates potential bomb-making activities. BMAP provides businesses with the training and guidance needed to appropriately recognize and report suspicious activity to authorities consistent with the National Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI).

To report suspicious activity, call 9-1-1 or contact local law enforcement.

Get more information on “If you see something, say somethingTM” campaign and the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI).

Public Awareness Education and Training

The importance of educating the public and point-of-sale employees cannot be overstated, as this is the best way to ensure early detection of suspicious indicators and the sale of precursor chemicals, powders, and IED components to suspect individuals. DHS and our partners provide a suite of free training and educational videos to increase awareness and reporting.

Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Explosive Precursors Point of Sale Training

Website: NSI Training Website
Audience: Commercial retail and sales personnel
Course Length: 1 hour
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Description: Available from the Nationwide SAR Initiative (NSI), this interactive course instructs sales personnel involved at the point of sale on behaviors and indicators that are reasonably indicative of potential terrorist and/or criminal bomb-making activity; how and where to report suspicious activity; and how to protect privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties when documenting information. It also instructs personnel of the types of suspicious activity that might be observed during their daily duties.

IS-912 Retail Security Awareness – Understanding the Hidden Hazards

Website: FEMA IS-912: Retail Security Awareness – Understanding the Hidden Hazards
Audience: Retail managers, loss prevention specialists, risk management specialists, product managers, sales associates, and others involved in retail operations
Course Length: 1 hour
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Description: Available through the FEMA Emergency Management Institute, this online course educates individuals involved in commercial retail operations about the actions they can take to identify and report suspicious purchases or thefts of products that actors could use in terrorist or other criminal activities.

BMAP Training for State and Local Partners

Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP), BMAP cannot be implemented without partnerships with the states and core BMAP professionals. DHS assists industry and state and local officials in developing and implementing BMAP within their organizations and jurisdictions by providing a customizable BMAP toolkit and training. Program training is only available to public safety stakeholders and private sector partners that currently have or will be building a BMAP. While these courses provide a basic introduction to IEDs, HME, and suspicious behaviors, the focus is on building an outreach plan to educate their communities, what makes a purchase of certain products suspicious, how to report suspicious activity, how to sustain their program, and the administrative duties of the program.

To get more information or the schedule BMAP training courses, please contact your DHS Protective Security Advisor by emailing NICC@hq.dhs.gov or the Office for Bombing Prevention at OBP@hq.dhs.gov.

Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP) Outreach Officers Course (MGT-450)

Participants: 15-25
Audience: Select first responders and officials with community outreach responsibilities who accept the duties of a BMAP Outreach Officer
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Description: This one-day, management-level training program is designed to help participants develop outreach strategies and to provide guidance and materials for them to conduct outreach to industries and businesses within their jurisdiction to increase public and private sector awareness of homemade explosive (HME) precursor chemicals and improvised explosive device (IED) components. At the completion of the training, it is intended that the participant will establish an outreach program and conduct outreach activities within their community. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet on the BMAP Outreach Officer course.

Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP) Administrator Training (MGT-450-1)

Participants: 15-25
Audience: Select first responders and officials with community outreach responsibilities who accept the duties of a BMAP Administrator and BMAP Outreach Officer Course Instructor (DHS provides funding for state, local, and private sector professionals to attend the BMAP Administrator/Trainer MGT-450-1 course)
Course Length: 4 days (32 hours)
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Description: This four-day, management-level training provides participants with the information and skills required to administer BMAP within their respective jurisdictions and to teach the BMAP Outreach Officers course. At the completion of the training, it is intended that the participant will establish and administer an outreach program within their jurisdiction by selecting, training, and providing oversight and guidance to local Outreach Officers.

Additional Information

To get more info on BMAP materials or trainings, contact your local Protective Security Advisor (PSA) or the Office for Bombing Prevention at OBP@hq.dhs.gov. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet on BMAP.

To report suspicious activity, call 9-1-1 or contact local law enforcement.

Last Published Date: July 17, 2017

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