Homeland Security

Nationwide Threat Level


The current Nationwide Threat Level is Elevated as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Threat Advisory High - High Risks of Terroist Attacks

Elevated Threat Level Definition


An Elevated Threat Level is an elevated risk of terrorist attack but a specific region of the USA or target has not been identified.

Security Measures


The United States, the State of Virginia and the City of Suffolk have heightened security measures to help deter terrorism and increase protection of America and Americans. We encourage members of the public to continue their daily work, family and leisure activities with a heightened awareness. The following website addresses and telephone numbers are provided to assist the public in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all kinds, including terrorism.

Virginia Department of Emergency Management


Visit the Virginia Department of Emergency Management Web Site for information concerning preparedness and reducing vulnerability.

Virginia Public Inquiry Hotline


Citizens should call the Virginia Public Inquiry Hotline if your local agencies cannot address your concerns at the local level.

Call 866-800-4280, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Virginia State Police Terrorism Tip Hotline


Citizens are encouraged to contact the Virginia State Police Terrorism Tip Hotline to report suspicious activity. Call 866-488-8554, available 24 hours a day.

Terrorist Activity


Notify all of the following agencies if you suspect that an incident might be linked to terrorist activity.

Suspicious Activity


Prompt and thorough reporting of suspicious activities may prevent a terrorist attack. If you have information on a suspicious activity that would help authorities, you are encouraged to do the following:
  • Call 911 for Life Threatening Emergencies
  • Call the Toll Free Terrorism Hotline at 877-4VA-TIPS (877- 482- 8477)
  • City of Suffolk Police Department, non-emergency at 757-825-2350

Contact Us


Citizens of Suffolk may contact Deputy Chief Brian Spicer of the City of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Department for local preparedness information.

To contact Deputy Chief Brian Spicer, please call 757-514-4536, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the event of a local terrorism alert, this number may be reached 24 hours a day.