Bomb Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP)

The Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP) is a counter-terrorism bombing prevention program, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's (CISA) Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP), in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). BMAP is designed to promote bomb-making materials (BMM) awareness and reporting of suspicious activity to prevent the intentional misuse of common consumer goods used to make improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

National Program Goals

  • Restrict access by malicious actors to BMM and explosive precursor chemicals (EPC) used to manufacture homemade explosive (HME) and IEDs.
  • Provide early detection of the sale of HME precursor chemicals and BMM to suspect individuals.
  • Prevent diversion and theft of HME precursor chemicals and BMM by malicious actors.
  • Build a network of vigilant and informed partners who serve as the Nation’s Counter-IED “eyes-and-ears” as the first line of defense in providing early detection of potential terrorist attacks and criminal activity.

BMAP Products and Videos

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 abroad and in the United States.

BMAP Program Factsheet

Benefits of BMAP Tri-Fold

BMAP Everyday Job

Training and Education is Key to Early Detection

CISA provides training and materials to participating partners and certifies them as community liaisons (CL).  The program has web-based training that can be accessed though the FEMA Center For Domestic Preparedness (CDP) at https://cdp.dhs.gov/ .

Partnerships

CISA provides outreach, awareness, training and materials to participating partners and certifies them as community liaisons (CL).  The CLs then conduct outreach to their communities with a special focus on businesses that sell bomb-making materials (BMM).  BMAP provides awareness and training on BMM and IED components to raise awareness and how to report suspicious activity to prevent the terrorist use of an IED.

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. It is imperative that the public recognize the signs of bomb making in their community. 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, call 1-855-TELL FBI (1-855-835-5324) or contact your local law enforcement