Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP)

Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program LogoBMAP is a counter-terrorism bombing prevention program, sponsored by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's (CISA) Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP), in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). BMAP is designed to promote bomb-making materials (BMM) awareness and reporting of suspicious activity to prevent the intentional misuse of common consumer goods used to make improvised explosive devices (IEDs).


      Program Goals:

  • Restrict access by malicious actors to BMM and explosive precursor chemicals used to manufacture homemade explosives (HME) and IEDs
  • Provide early detection of the sale of HME precursor chemicals and BMM to suspect individuals
  • Prevent diversion and theft of HME precursor chemicals and BMM by malicious actors
  • Build a network of vigilant and informed partners who serve as the nation’s counter-IED "eyes-and-ears" as the first line of defense in providing early detection of potential terrorist attacks and criminal activity

      Program Benefits:Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program Components Photo

  • Strengthens prevention and mitigation opportunities
  • Increases BMM awareness for communities
  • Enhances public/private partnerships
  • Increases private sector point-of-sale awareness
  • Increases identification of suspicious activity and purchasing behavior
  • Improves recognition and reporting to appropriate officials
  • Promotes community-based outreach
  • Provides free, secure access to training, videos and awareness materials
  • Provides reporting mechanisms to track and measure success

Reporting Suspicious Activity

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 1-855-TELL-FBI (1-855-835-5324) or contact your local law enforcement. In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Products and Resources

BMAP provides a wide array of awareness products and resources designed to share counter-IED awareness information to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate bombing incidents.

Community Awareness 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. CISA and our partners provide a suite of free training and educational videos to increase awareness and reporting.

Visit the BMAP Everyday Job video to understand how BMAP partners play a vital role in preventing bombing incidents.

Visit the Why BMAP is Here video to see why it is important to have a BMAP program.

AWR-911 Bomb-Making Materials Awareness: Your Role (AWR-911)

Audience: General public, public safety dispatchers, law enforcement, fire and emergency medical technicians, and fusion center analysts
Course Length: 40 minutes
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Description: The Bomb-Making Materials Awareness: Your Role course uses an immersive, graphic novel style storytelling approach to educate and empower community members on how to identify and report suspicious activity and purchasing behaviors related to bomb-making materials.

You can register for this course here.

AWR-921 Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Employee Training (AWR-921)

Audience: Retail personnel, sales, community members
Course Length: 35 minutes
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Description: This independent study training teaches participants how to recognize suspicious purchasing behaviors in a retail setting that might indicate bomb-making activity and what to do when a suspicious incident occurs.

You can register for this course here.

Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP) Community Liaison Course (MGT-450)

Participants: 15-25
Audience: This course is designed for public safety and private sector personnel identified as Community Liaisons or perform community outreach as part of their role. 
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)
Recommended Prerequisites: AWR-921: Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Employee Training and AWR- 911: Bomb-Making Materials Awareness: Your Role.
Description: This one-day, in-person, instructor-led training prepares participants to conduct outreach in their communities by familiarizing them with explosive precursor chemicals and components found in common household products used to make bombs. It also provides them the ability to recognize suspicious purchasing behaviors, and access BMAP resources.

Additional Information

For more information about CISA’s Bomb-Making Materials Program, email

To report suspicious activity, call 1-855-TELL-FBI (1-855-835-5324) or contact your local law enforcement. In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1.

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