Counter-IED Awareness Products

OBP provides a wide array of awareness products—including cards, posters, checklists, guides, videos, briefings, and applications—that share counter-IED awareness information with the general public and across the public and private sectors to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate bombing incidents.

To request OBP counter-IED products, please contact your local Protective Security Advisor (PSA) or email the Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) at

Print the Counter-IED Awareness Products Fact Sheet for your business, organization or facility. 

Awareness Cards and Posters

  • Bomb Threats During Temporary Events Poster
  • Black Powder, Black Powder Substitutes, and Smokeless Powder
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Peroxide Products
  • Suspicious (Purchasing) Behavior
  • Suspicious Online Purchases
  • Precursor Chemicals Poster for Online Retailers
  • Suicide Bomber Awareness/Active Shooter
  • Suspicious Behavior Poster for Hotel and Lodging Establishments (English and Spanish versions)
  • Recognize Suspicious Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Postcard and Poster

Bomb Threat Guidance Products

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-Department of Justice (DOJ) Bomb Threat Stand-Off Card

Developed in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the DHS-DOJ Bomb Threat Stand-Off Card is a quick reference guide providing recommended evacuation and shelter-in-place distances for various types and sizes of IED.

DHS Bomb Threat Checklist

Whether the bomb threat is made via phone, handwritten note, email, or other means, the DHS Bomb Threat Checklist provides instructions on how to respond to a bomb threat and a comprehensive list of information that will assist law enforcement in a bomb threat investigation.

Print this Bomb Threat Checklist for your business, organization, or facility to use in case of a bomb threat.

DHS-DOJ Bomb Threat Guidance

Developed in partnership with the FBI, the DHS-DOJ Bomb Threat Guidance is a quick reference guide that provides facility supervisors with pre-threat preparation, threat assessment considerations, staff response guidelines, and evacuation and shelter-in-place considerations.

Protective Measures Guidance

OBP provides protective measures guidance to assist public and private sector security partners in:

  • Establishing secure environments with IED threat preparation.
  • Planning to bolster security posture and IED incident mitigation.  

Information includes pre-event and incident response planning, measures for reducing vulnerabilities, suspicious behavior awareness, and reporting protocols to address various IED threat scenarios.

"What to Do" Video Series

The What to Do Training Video Series (TVS) are instructional videos that communicate the threat posed by improvised explosive devices (IEDs), explain counter-IED concepts, and demonstrate bombing prevention procedures. The videos show audiences how to react to a bombing attack and deal with a variety of explosive threats such as bomb threats and suspicious items. All videos are free to view on YouTube. Download the printer-friendly Training Video Series Fact Sheet.

These short videos provide clear and simple steps individuals can take to recognize bomb threats and react appropriately.

Vehicle-Borne IED (VBIED) Threat Products

DHS Vehicle Inspection Guide and Video

The Vehicle Inspection Guide (VIG) is for law enforcement, bomb squads, HAZMAT teams, other emergency and public service organizations, and professional security personnel who are involved in the inspection of vehicles that may pose a terrorist bomb threat. The Vehicle Inspection Video complements the VIG by providing demonstrations of vehicle search techniques. The Vehicle Inspection Video is available to registered users on TRIPwire

Vehicle-Borne IED Identification Guide: Parked Vehicles

This VBIED Identification Guidance card assists law enforcement and security professionals to identify indicators of a suspected vehicle-borne IED.

FiRST Application

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate and OBP worked in collaboration with the private sector to develop the First Responder Support Tools (FiRST) application for first responders’ smart phones and laptop computers. This application allows first responders to:

  • Quickly define safe stand-off distances around the location of a potential explosives threat.
  • Calculate rough damage and injury contours.
  • Suggest appropriate roadblocks.
  • Identify other nearby facilities of concern (e.g., schools, hospitals, and care centers).

DHS bomb stand-off data is considered sensitive and is only available to those who register the application using a .gov, .mil, or .us email address.  For additional information on downloading the application, please visit FiRST Responder Support Tools.

Contact Information

Please contact your local Protective Security Advisor (PSA) or send an email to the Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) at to get any of these products or for additional information.

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

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