Expert tips to stay safe in wake of terror attacks

Expert tips to stay safe in wake of terror attacks

After the terrible news of recent days, safety measures at home, work or public places are becoming more and more essential to protect ourselves and others.

The United States' Department of State and public security institutions provided some rules that, if followed, can save lives and minimize the chance of becoming the target of an attack.

When you go around a big city…

1. It’s important to always have a proper first-aid kit to use in case of emergency. Kits come in all sizes and you can either buy them pre-packaged or make them yourself. With a little research on the internet you can get a checklist of what things you should include (bandages, iodine, masks, etc.).

2. Memorize the locations and phone numbers of possible safe places, such as hospitals, hotels and police stations.

3. If you see something or someone suspicious, report it immediately to the police.

4. If you are aiming to take a train or a bus, don't show up early. Usually attacks take place in crowded areas. So spend the least time possible on a train or bus station. Be there as close to the time of departure as you can and leave quickly once you get to your destination to avoid putting yourself at risk.

5. Don't give strangers too many details about your life or your plans. Be careful with strangers, any stranger, even taxi drivers. Choose your own taxi. Never get into a vehicle that is not clearly marked as a taxi. When you get in, take the opportunity to study the driver's face and compare it with the photo on the license displayed in the car.

When you travel...

1. Schedule non-stop flights, or at least avoid flights that stop in high-risk locales.

2. Avoid wearing clothes that stand out.

3. After checking in for your flight, make sure you rest in the same area as other travelers and security officers.

4. When you arrive at your destination, recuperate your baggage and leave the airport as quickly as possible.

If an attack does occur…

Lie flat on the floor and behind any solid object that might protect you from gunfire. Stay there until it's noticeable that the danger is has gone. And if you have to move, do it lying on your stomach. When it's safe to get up and leave, don't stop for any reason, even to help police or rescue personnel. Just make sure you leave to a safer area right away.

cover photo credit: canadavisa.com

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