July 4 Emergency Call

“Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities.” Pope Francis

Super weird thing happened today: just as I was watching the fireworks this evening, my job called. The-Emergency-Something-Or-Other-Department wanted to know if I was still in Indonesia because someone decided to publicly blow themselves up in that country today. Nope, I’m not there, I’m here. I appreciate having a good job.

I don’t follow the news in any way, shape or form but in the wake of being telephoned personally because a real person thought that I might be in real danger, I looked up these suggestions on what to do if you are in a real terror attack. This info comes from The Telegraph, a UK online news source.

RUN

  • Escape if you can
  • Consider the safest options
  • Is there a safe route? Run, if not hide
  • Can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?
  • Insist others leave with you
  • Leave belongings behind

HIDE

  • If you can’t run, hide
  • Find cover from gunfire
  • If you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you
  • Cover from view does not mean you are safe, bullets go through glass, brick, wood and metal
  • Find cover from gunfire e.g. substantial brickwork / heavy reinforced walls
  • Be aware of your exits
  • Try not to get trapped
  • Be quiet, silence your phone
  • Lock / barricade yourself in
  • Move away from the door

TELL

  • Call 999 – What do the police need to know? (911 in the US)
  • Location – Where are the suspects?
  • Direction – Where did you last see the suspects?
  • Descriptions – Describe the attacker, numbers, features, clothing, weapons etc
  • Further information – Casualties, type of injury, building information, entrances, exits, hostages etc
  • Stop other people entering the building if it is safe to do so

That’s all I have to say about that.

 

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