Bomb Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP)

Powerful explosives can be made from common consumer goods, like pool sanitizers, fertilizers, and paint removers, that are bought and sold every day in communities across the United States. With the increase in the use of these common items to make homemade explosives (HME) and improvised explosive devices (IED), an educated and proactive public is the key to prevention. To establish a national outreach program in partnership with states, the Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP):

  • Increases public and private sector awareness of those everyday products that terrorists and criminals can use to make a bomb or otherdangerous device.
  • Provides public awareness and education to help businesses and their employees identify and report suspicious purchasing behaviors of common items that can be used to make bombs.
  • Promotes a community of informed and vigilant business partners who serve as the nation’s counter-IED “eyes-and-ears” as the first line of defense in providing early detection of suspicious sales and activities.
  • Encourages a stronger relationship between businesses and local law enforcement agencies, reinforcing the foundation of effective community safety and security.

 

The program is designed to be integrated into existing state and local outreach and liaison programs—such as Information Liaison Officer (ILO) or Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO)—community policing efforts, and private sector security and training programs. For those who would like to launch BMAP for your community or organization, please see information on BMAP training below.

BMAP Products

An educated and proactive public are the key to prevention. Powerful explosives are being made from consumer goods right in your communities. BMAP aims to increase public and private sector awareness of everyday products like pool sanitizers, fertilizers, paint removers, and other materials that terrorist, criminals, or even experimentalists (commonly juveniles) are using in bomb-making activities or attempting dangerous and potentially fatal processes they have found on the internet. The use of homemade explosives are on the rise worldwide as evident in all the recent high-profile incidents occurring aboard and in the United States.

Training and Education is Key to Early Detection

DHS provides training and materials to our participating partners and certifies their administrators, trainers, and community liaisons in these BMAP positions through an accredited process at DHS’s Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, AL (https://cdp.dhs.gov/). DHS provides the funding to attend the BMAP Administrator/Trainer MGT-450-1 course for state, local, and private sector professionals. The course provides background training on improvised explosive devices (IEDs), homemade explosives (HME), and suspicious behaviors. It focuses on building an outreach plan to educate their communities on household products containing precursor chemicals, powers and IED components, what makes a purchase of these products suspicious, how to report it, how to sustain their program, and the administrative duties of the program.

Partnerships

DHS provides training and materials to our participating partners and certifies their administrators, trainers, and community liaisons in these BMAP positions through an accredited process at DHS’s Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, AL. DHS provides the funding to attend the BMAP Administrator/Trainer MGT-450-1 course for state, local, and private sector professionals. The course provides background training on improvised explosive devices (IEDs), homemade explosives (HME), and suspicious behaviors. It focuses on building an outreach plan to educate their communities on household products containing precursor chemicals, explosive powders, IED components, what makes a purchase of these products suspicious, how to report it, how to sustain their program, and the administrative duties of the program.

 

Reporting Suspicious Purchasing Behavior is Key to Prevention

Employees, and the public, play a critical role in helping safeguard their communities by reporting potential bomb-making activities. The importance of educating employees at the point-of-sale cannot be overstated, as this is the best way to ensure early detection of the sale of precursor chemicals, powders, and IED components to suspect individuals. An employees' ability to recognize and report behaviors indicative of potential homemade explosives related activity is crucial to the possible prevention of an IED attack, a criminal act, or a dangerous experiment. 

To report suspicious activity, contact your local law enforcement or call 1-855-TELL FBI (1-855-835-5324)