Late yesterday, as the President went to speak to Congress, news began to disseminate concerning a “specific, credible but unconfirmed” threat against the DC and NYC areas that could happen around the anniversary of 9/11. That language means, as far as I can tell, “We think we know what they’re going to try, we believe that it’s plausible, but we’ve only got one source on this.”
The plot is thought to be a vehicle based explosive device, and DHS, the FBI and others are on the lookout for a pair of box trucks. There aren’t a whole lot of details at this point, which means that response from the city and elsewhere are sorta vague: awareness is already heightened, and will be increased further still, look for extra police around the city this weekend as we pause to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11. The Mayor and Chief of Police gave a news conference last night where they confirmed they’re working with federal authorities, and have activated their 9/11 plan in response to the threat.
There’s not much else to do at this point, but if you wanted to brush up on your “what to do in the face of disaster,” DC HSEMA has a good set of guides for preparedness, crisis skills, and the shelter and evacuation plans for each ward of the city. Don’t panic, be prepared.