Do You Know How To Stay Safe In An Attack?

How To Stay Safe In An Attack?

Try To React Quickly

There’s no doubt that people are more afraid of attacks in their own city than in the past – many around the world are upset and it’s easy to get scared of the violence seemingly coming close to home.

To ease your mind, it’s a good idea to know some strategies to keep yourself and your loved ones as safe as possible in the case of an attack. This first one is vital – reacting quickly in the moment of emergency could not only save your life but others as well.

The vast majority of people will be too confused to do anything during an attack. Leach has looked at life-threatening situations around the world and has found that only 15% of people will respond in a way that helps them survive. Up to 75% will just be too bewildered by what is happening around them to react at all. The other 10% will react in ways that reduce their chances of survival and get in the way of other people, he says.

Acting decisively might make survival more likely. But it's also human nature to wait for other people to act first. In a classic experiment, psychologists put people in a room and filled it with smoke to see how they would react. People who were on their own were more likely to take action than those who were with other people.

Make yourself a smaller target

“Where there's cover from sight, there's cover from fire,” advises Ian Reed, a former British soldier, military instructor and chief executive of the Formative Group security firm. The first thing is to try to get out of the way and make yourself a smaller target. This can involve simply dropping to the ground but ideally means getting behind some sort of cover.

Hard cover such as a concrete wall is the best option. “Obviously, Hollywood has portrayed cars as being bulletproof but that's not necessarily the case,” says Reed. Despite this, even a car is better than nothing at all.
When an attack happens in a tightly packed space, a single bullet can end up injuring several people. Keeping out of sight reduces the risk that you can be targeted deliberately and also the chances of being hit by someone simply spraying the room with fire.
– via BBC News

What should I do during a terrorist bombing?

The ideas above address the dangers of facing an active shooter situation, but what if the danger that comes close to home is a bomb instead?

Most of us will never face an attack ourselves, but knowing what to do – and passing that advice on to people you know and love – could be a step toward feeling safer day to day no matter what.

If you are in a bombing event:

  • Leave the area immediately.
  • Avoid crowds. Crowds of people may be targeted for a second attack.
  • Avoid unattended cars and trucks. Unattended cars and trucks may contain explosives.
  • Stay away from damaged buildings to avoid falling glass and bricks. Move at least 10 blocks or 200 yards away from damaged buildings.
  • Follow directions from people in authority (police, fire, EMS, or military personnel, or from school or workplace supervisors).
  • Call 9-1-1 once you are in a safe area, but only if police, fire, or EMS has not arrived.
  • Help others who are hurt or need assistance to leave the area if you are able. If you see someone who is seriously injured, seek help. Do not try to manage the situation alone.

When the explosion is over:

  • Follow your family, job, or school emergency disaster plan for leaving and staying away from the scene of the event. Remember, returning to the scene will increase the risk of danger for rescue workers and you.
  • Avoid crowds. Crowds of people may be targeted for a second attack.
  • Avoid unattended cars and trucks. Unattended cars and trucks may contain explosives.
  • Stay away from damaged buildings to avoid falling glass and bricks. Move at least 10 blocks or 200 yards away from damaged buildings.
  • Follow directions from people in authority (police, fire, EMS, or military personnel, or from school or workplace supervisors).
  • Call 9-1-1 once you are in a safe area, but only if police, fire, or EMS has not arrived to help injured people.
  • Help others who are hurt or need assistance to leave the area if you are able. If you see someone who is seriously injured, seek help. Do not try to manage the situation alone.
  • Listen to your radio or television for news and instructions.

– via Homeland Security News

Do you feel more prepared in the case of an attack? Do you have anything else to share that will help others?

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