NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - In a combined effort to keep everyone safe this Carnival season, there's a plea to the public: "If you see something, say something. If you think something isn't right, please let us know. Your alertness will keep everyone safe," Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jeff Sallet said.
The FBI, along with State Police, NOPD and Homeland Security joined forces. They want to stress there's no terror threat, but no one should be too relaxed.
"You have to now accept the possibility that you're vulnerable. You have to prepare and you have to be forward-leaning. There has to be complete and total collaboration," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.
The law enforcement agencies want to raise awareness through the new campaign, "If you SEE something, SAY something," urging anyone to report suspicious activity this Carnival season.
"There's going to be over 1 million people attending Mardi Gras. If just one percent of those folks come through and observe this campaign, that means we will have 10,000 eyes on the street contributing to keeping people safe," Sallet said.
There's a dedicated tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI. There's also an app called See Send that you can download on our smartphone.
"We have really great citizens in this city that know their city, and if there's something that just doesn't make sense to them, it probably doesn't," Sallet said.
The advice is to remain vigilant about everything from cars parked in places they shouldn't be to suspicious packages left unattended. Every tip, they say, will be investigated and taken seriously.
"Whether it be counter-terrorism or violent crime, we are partnering together to ensure that people are safe," Sallet said.
"We are completely and well-prepared for Mardi Gras, but none of this works without the public's help," Landrieu said.
The FBI said it will be passing out flyer to residents and business owners over the next couple of days about the campaign.