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Preventing Terrorism and Targeted Violence

Protecting the American people from terrorist threats is the reason DHS was created, and remains our highest priority.

  • Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships

    The Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) works to build partnerships and provides grant funding, training, technical assistance and increased public awareness of targeted violence and terrorism prevention (TVTP) across every level of government, the private sector, and in local communities. CP3 convenes TVTP providers, curates TVTP research and best practices, and helps states and communities to build TVTP strategies and prevention programs.


  • Resources for Leaders of Faith-Based Communities, Organizations, and Institutions to Protect Against Targeted Violence

    DHS, along with our partners at all levels of government, will continue to help community leaders prepare for and respond to a range of public safety challenges.

  • Preventing Terrorism Overview

    Protecting the American people from terrorist threats is the reason the Department of Homeland Security was created, and remains our highest priority.

  • Preventing Terrorism Results

    Protecting the United States from terrorism is the founding mission of DHS. While America is stronger and more resilient as a result of a strengthened homeland security enterprise, terrorist threats persist and continue to evolve.

  • National Terrorism Advisory System

    National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) advisories communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the public, government agencies, first responders, public sector organizations, airports and other transportation hubs.


    The REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards.

  • Prevention Resource Finder

    The Prevention Resource Finder is your one-stop-shop for federal resources to prevent targeted violence and terrorism.

  • Weapons of Mass Destruction

    The United States faces a rising danger from terrorists and rogue states seeking to use weapons of mass destruction.  A weapon of mass destruction is a nuclear, radiological, chemical, biological, or other device that is intended to harm a large number of people.  The Department of Homeland Security works every day to prevent terrorists and other threat actors from using these weapons to harm Americans.

  • Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)

    DHS works to enhance the nation’s counter-IED capabilities and reduce the threat of explosive attack against critical infrastructure, the private sector, and federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial entities.

  • If You See Something, Say Something®

    A program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper state and local law enforcement authorities.

Last Updated: 04/25/2024