U.S. Warns on Women’s Euro 2017 Championship
Hawaii Preps Public for Nuclear Attack
July 22, 2017
Between July 17th and 20th, the following related Flash messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:
7/17 – US Consulate Gen Amsterdam issues warning re terror threat to Women’s Euro 2017 Championship. Urges incr vigilance in large crowds & at soft target locations.
7/20 – ISIS affiliated Nashir News Agency warns of imminent attacks on the U.S. Russia, Europe, Turkey & Iran. Calls on Muslims to fight for Islam & the caliphate.
What You Need To Know
On six occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding safety and security matters. Most important for this update, on Monday, the US Consulate General in Amsterdam, the Netherlands issued a security message for U.S. citizens acknowledging a terror threat to the Women’s Euro 2017 Soccer Championship taking place in multiple venues across the country through August 6th. The security message cautions American citizens of an increased risk to their safety when in large crowds and urges a review of personal security plans and increased situational awareness.
Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities as viable targets. In addition, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, airports, and other soft targets remain priority locations for possible attacks. Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue to plot possible attacks in Europe.
At present, the terrorism threat level in the Netherlands stands at 4 on a scale of 1 to 5., indicating a “real chance of an attack.”
In related news:
On Thursday, subscribers were informed of new threats by the Islamic State to carry out attacks on the U.S. Russia, Europe, Turkey & Iran. In addition to the threatening statements propagated through varied social media channels, the group also called on true believers in the U.S., Europe, Turkey and other “countries of the tyrants” to fight for their religion and the caliphate. In separate messages, the group also called on supporters to take advantage of their now widely disseminated weapons guides and manuals and mount attacks to avenge Israeli crackdowns this week at the al-Aqsa Mosque and on rioting Palestinians.
Hawaii Preparing for Nuclear Attack
The State of Hawaii is now preparing residents for the threat of nuclear attack. The campaign, by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, will see regular Cold War-style evacuation drills for schools, emergency sirens that will on the first work day of every month, an increased tempo of first responder training and more.
Given that the travel time for a missile from N. Korea would be around 20 minutes, the state’s initial guidance calls for residents to “get inside, stay inside, and stay tuned.”
According to Vern Miyagi, administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, “We don’t know the exact capabilities or intentions of the North Korean government, but there is clear evidence that it is trying to develop ballistic missiles that could conceivably one day reach our state. Therefore, we cannot wait to begin our public information campaign to ensure that Hawaii residents will know what to do if such an event occurs.”
Readers can find more information on the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency website.
AlertsUSA continues to monitor the overall domestic and international threat environment and will immediately notify service subscribers via SMS messages of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.
OTHER ALERTS FROM THIS WEEK
NOT DETAILED IN THIS NEWSLETTER ISSUE
7/19 – Enhanced security checks now active for carry-on elec devices larger than a cell phone for US-bound flights from Mexico. Move in resp to incr security threat.
7/17 – New tsunami advisory issued for Aleutian Islands, Samalga Pass, AK (30 miles SW of Nikolski) to Attu, AK including the Pribilof Islands. Monitoring…
7/17 – Strong M7.4 earthquake strikes Bering Sea between U.S. & Russian islands. Tsunami alert issued for some areas of Russia’s Far East. Add’l alerts as warranted.
7/17 – AlertsUSA monitoring ongoing suspicious car investigation on Capital Hill. Two controlled explosions carried out by bomb squad. Add’l alerts as warranted.
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World News Roundup
July 22, 2017
Other Developments We Are Following
Trump warns Iran of ‘serious consequences’ over detained Americans
Mexico City sees drug-war-style violence come to the capital
Venezuela crisis: Deadly clashes as millions join strike
CIA Chief: Russians find any place they can make our lives more difficult
Top US general warns against rogue killer robots
Here’s how a North Korean nuclear attack on the US would play out
Why the ground shifts under Venezuela’s regime
U.S. lawmakers want fresh sanctions on Hezbollah
Growing number of potential Islamist terrorists in Germany
How Putin sparked a Western military renaissance
Germany sends Turkey carefully calibrated warning signal
Moldova calls on Russia to withdraw troops from breakaway region
US ‘closely tracking’ as Chinese navy in the Baltics for war games with Russia
Russian parliament bans use of proxy Internet services & VPN
High-Precision Cruise Missiles to be Core of Russian Navy’s Weapons by 2025
This Su-35 Flight Demo Will Make Your Head Explode
Pentagon chief says he thinks IS leader Baghdadi is alive
US special ops chief confirms CIA ending support for Syria rebels
Abbas announces immediate halt to ‘all contacts’ with Israel
Palestinian protests over Jerusalem Temple Mount site turn deadly
Jerusalem — an urgent issue for Trump administration
The Iran Nuclear Deal Isn’t Working
Europe’s Libya Problem
Yemen’s cholera epidemic is worst on record
Iran accuses US of nuclear deal ‘sabotage’
A coup in the House of Saud?
No Korean military talks after North snubs South’s call
North Korea submarine deployment could mean SLBM test
CIA chief signals desire for regime change in North Korea
US to ban citizens from travel to North Korea
North Korea’s July 4 ICBM Test: Propaganda Ploy or the Real Deal?
Playing on fears, Duterte guns for unchecked power
Philippine MPs to vote on Duterte bid for longer martial rule
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IS galvanized in Asia by Philippine city siege
What Are China’s Military Ambitions?
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Travel Security Update
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