“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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.