Protect Yourself Against a Terrorist Attack
Cover and hide
Help the wounded
Observe warning signs
Signs might include unusual or violent communications, expressed anger or intent to cause harm, and substance abuse. These warning signs may increase over time.
Be alert to your surroundings
Observe what is going on around you and avoid distractions such as texting, listening to headphones or being on your cell phone.
Have an exit plan
Identify exits and areas of protective cover for the places you go such as work, school, and special events.
Map out places to seek cover. Place a barrier between yourself and the threat using solid objects, walls, and locked doors as protection.
How to Stay Safe When a Terrorist Attack Threatens
Be alert to your surroundings. If You See Something, Say Something
Unusual or threatening communications.
Expressed grievances related to a workplace, personal, or other issues.
Ideologies promoting violence.
Suspicious behavior such as excessive questioning or attention to security details.
Unusual items or packages.
Observe warning signs:
Know exits and areas to cover and hide and be ready to help
When visiting new places, take time to identify at least two nearby exits.
Identify areas in familiar places, such as work, school, and outdoor events where you could hide and seek protective cover in case of attack.
Learn and practice skills such as casualty care, CPR, and first aid. Teach others.
Organize and participate in safety drills in places where people gather like home, school, and work.
Survive DURING Terrorist Attack
Pay attention to what is happening around you so that you can react quickly to attacks.
If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the building or area, regardless of whether others agree to follow.
If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide out of view of the attacker and if possible, put a solid barrier between yourself and the threat.
As a last resort, when you can’t run or cover, attempt to disrupt the attack and/or incapacitate the attacker.
Be aggressive and commit to your actions.
Take care of yourself first and then, if you are able, help the wounded get to safety and provide immediate first care.
When you are safe, call 112 and be prepared to provide information to the operator including location of the incident, number of injured, and details about the attacker(s).
If you are able, continue to provide care until first responders arrive.
When law enforcement arrives
Listen to law enforcement’s messages for information about the situation. Share updates with family and friends.
Be mindful of your health. If needed, seek help for you and your family to cope with the trauma.
- Remain calm and follow instructions.
- Keep hands visible and empty.
- Report to designated area to provide information and get help.