Nerves are on edge as lone wolf terror threats are on the rise in the U.S. Is it safe for RVers to travel during such threats?…
There's been a lot of chatter in the RV community about whether it's safe to travel amidst the global and national threats hitting the media. At the time of this writing, Homeland Security has not released a new advisory since the Israeli-Hamas conflict began.
However, the FBI Chief warns of growing lone wolf terror threats on US soil that we should “be on the lookout” for.
We, personally, are not altering any travel plans at this time. But, we want to share what information we've heard so you can make a better-informed decision for yourself.
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The FBI Chief's Warning
On Saturday, October 14, 2023, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned that the US is facing a growing number of terror threats, especially from lone wolves who may be inspired by the ongoing Israeli-Hamas conflict. This warning came a day after the “Day of Jihad” declared by former Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal.
Wray recently spoke at the International Association of Police annual conference. According to FBI transcripts, Wray stated, “In this heightened environment, there’s no question we’re seeing an increase in reported threats, and we’ve got to be on the lookout, especially for lone actors who may take inspiration from recent events to commit violence of their own.”
Wray did not provide information on any specific domestic threats, but he urged law enforcement officials to stay vigilant.
Current Travel Advisories
Since the conflict started, the U.S. Department of State has (as expected) elevated the risk level of traveling to certain Middle Eastern cities and countries. You can see the threat levels on this interactive global map.
However, there has been no official increase in the threat level domestically. No specific domestic threats have been released to the public on a national level.
What Does This Mean for RVers?
Since there are no elevated domestic travel advisories, there is no official reason to alter any domestic RV trips you have planned. Traveling to Canada is still at the “exercise normal precautions” level, as well.
As with any trip, you should always exercise precautions, and it doesn't hurt to be extra vigilant as this conflict continues. It would be advisable to pay attention to the news for any credible domestic threats that may arise as this conflict continues.
How Can RVers Prepare for Potential Threats?
If you want to “wish for the best but plan for the worst,” you can make standard safety precautions as you would any threat, whether for a weather threat or international threat.
Here are some things you can do to help feel better prepared for an upcoming RV trip in this social climate:
- Review the cancellation policies on any upcoming campground reservations. That way, you know if and when you can cancel and how much you will be refunded if you decide to cancel.
- Stock your RV with extra food and water.
- Take inventory of your emergency supplies and restock accordingly.
- Leave details of your travel plans and how to contact you with friends and family.
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