How To Prepare For A Terrorist Attack
This article has taken me quite a while to write, with a lot of research and hopefully will benefit all you preppers, both old and new, out there in the UK.
In essence, no one can really prepare for any form of terrorism.
But what you can do is assess the risks to you and your family and formulate a plan of action that will, at best, give you a fighting chance of survival.
Acts of terror come in very similar ways, so knowing How To Prepare For A Terrorist Attack is your first urgent concern.
Most terrorist attack will happen without warning.
So, for that reason, you must keep ahead of the pack and be informed by, at least, trying to work out what the 'powers that be' actually know.
Rest assured, you will only get a very small picture of what is really happening out there.!
So, for that reason alone it is important to keep an eye on all the relevant government websites and take note of the various government warnings which are posted on them.
The UK Threat Level Is Currently Set At
What Do These Threat Levels Mean..?
Threat levels are designed to give a broad indication of the likelihood of a terrorist attack.
- LOW means an attack is unlikely.
- MODERATE means an attack is possible, but not likely
- SUBSTANTIAL means an attack is a strong possibility
- SEVERE means an attack is highly likely
- CRITICAL means an attack is expected imminently
What is the international terrorist threat to people in the UK?
The term 'International terrorism' is used as a way of explaining the nature of terrorist attacks that go beyond a nations boundaries in terms of the different methods used, the type of people targeted or the countries and places from which the terrorists operate.
International terrorism raised its head with the emergence of Al Qaida during 1990s and since then this type of terrorism has been linked with various groups and become synonymous with Islamist terrorists.
The very fact that the UK has a dense population of over 65 million people makes us a high priority target for these extremists and poses a very serious threat to every man, woman and child.
This threat also extends to UK citizens travelling, working and living abroad.
This type of terror action against people is not something new.
Terrorist Attacks and the violent, unlawful use of force by a person or group has happen with alarming regularity throughout history.
You only have to look back at the various other religious campaigns against thousands of people in the past.
The religious slaughter of innocent people during the Christian Crusades being just one of them.
The Nazis holocaust and unimaginable torture and deaths of 100s of thousands of innocent Jews.
All trying to force a belief and way of life onto others - a case of: my god is better than your god..
Surely we are ALL better than that, surely we can all live together peacefully - it's the 21st century for crying out loud.!
The ultimate goal of a terrorist is to
coerce and intimidate societies and governments.
This intimidation is their way of promoting their ideological beliefs and political views, with different forms of attacks that could happen at any time.
Terrorist attacks take many forms and always exploit vulnerabilities - methods used are:
- Technology - the infiltration of computer systems create choas
- Hazardous materials - the strategic dumping of dangerous waste materials
- Biological agents - water contamination or nerve gas attacks in confined areas. (underground railways)
- Forceful, human attacks - attacks on innocent people by armed terrorist.
- Explosives - timed or human bomb detonation
These methods are designed to create a fear of unrest and a degree of devastating disruption throughout the community - all terrorism attempts to thrive on the fear factor.
By having a plan and knowing how to respond to a terrorist attack, you stand a far better chance of improving your survival rate.
It has been shown that the majority of attacks
are planned by residents of that country.
Bear in mind there are some 65 million people in the UK.
Add that to the fact that the UK border is freely open to every man, woman and child in the European Community.
It stands to reason that there will be a pretty good chance of a considerable amount of individuals within the UK who support extreme, violent methods of terrorism.
These people live and work among us.
We see British Nationals who have lived abroad and belong to extremist groups, returning to the UK, thus increasing the risk of terrorist attacks on mainland UK.
They have skills learnt abroad and can quite easily organise attacks from orders outside the UK, or using their own initiative, plan a terror attack.
These people will try to radicalise other to fight for their cause and increase their numbers.
It's a numbers game, and while the vast majority of UK citizens who return from abroad would never consider any form of terrorist attack, the shear volume of people indicates that there will be some who may attempt this route.
In the modern world it is possible to communicate with anyone, anywhere and at any time. In an instant.
Social media has made this possible for everyone and terrorist take full advantage of that fact.
Both to plan and carry out attacks, as well as glamorise there cause by posting the barbaric and horrific atrocities they commit.
Along with both our government and international internet surveillance, there are groups of hackers focused on intercepting extremist websites and social media accounts.
These groups work independently and very effectively in reducing the number of propaganda websites that are encouraging terrorism.
If you have any fears or suspicions whatsoever, inform the police straight away if possible.
You can call the Police Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321.
What Can You Do To Prepare.?
By making the effort to find out what can happen is the first step.
Once you have established the facts you can then determine the events that are possible and their potential to you and in your community.
It is very important that you discuss your findings and plans with your family or household and, together start to develop a disaster plan of action.
- Create your family communications plan (and make sure everyone knows it)
- Establish a safe meeting place (accessible for all family members)
- Put together a disasters kit (at least one, better still one for each family member.
- Check school disaster plans (if you have children at school)
If a major terrorist attack were to happen it could shutdown the whole country,
probably extremely rare, but not totally impossible.
From a prepping viewpoint, a terrorist attack of massive proportions could be likened to a SHTF situation.
All the similarities would be there, especially if it was to escalate to unrest and a breakdown of the law and order we are used to.
Having a good prepping knowledge of how to cope with a SHTF situation would put you well ahead of the pack and at a definite advantage.
In fact, we as preppers should be instinctively more ready for a terror attack, and definitely have a plan of action for for both ourselves and our family.
So what can you really do to keep safe?
There are a few things you can do which will dramatically increase your chances of surviving a terror attack.
#1: Be Aware
As always I will keep on about 'situation awareness' and how important it is to look up and actually see whats going on around you.
All too often we see hoards of people just wandering along looking down, mostly at their phones, totally unaware of what is happening right under their nose.
STOP DOING THAT RIGHT NOW.!
#2: See Something - Say Something.
It may appear to be 'just an old cliché', but its a proven fact that experts in security constantly return to the principle of: if you see something, say something.
The most critical aspect of this is simple: the public need to be the eyes and the ears of law enforcement and counter-terrorism.
#3: Don't Under-React.
Survival experts agree, people act in the most astonishing way in an emergency, and under reacting is something that happening with alarming regularity.
People simply assume there is a reasonable explanation, even when something that seems blatantly suspicious to them.
They have inhibitions and reservation about getting involved, or even letting others know.
Taking the side of caution they think its best to let police make that decision as to whether or not something is a true threat.
If you suspect something - react to it, tell someone else and say something, immediately.
#4: Trust Yourself And Your Gut Feeling.
If you suspect something - react to it, tell someone else and say something, immediately.
People will very often do a type of 'subconscious risk assessment' of an individual acting suspiciously or potentially dangerous situations.
If you see a person who is acting strangely, trust your first impressions and you gut feeling about it and do something active.
Say something and react - if your wrong, so be it. If not, it's time to put your plan B into action: You do have a plan B don't you..?
#5: Plan B - know your escape routes
Being aware and 'scanning the area', and that's any area, whether your in a hotel, airport, theatre...
This is very good practice, and by knowing the escape routes will give you added time to escape something bad.
Added time because you don't now have to think about what to do and where to go - you just do it.
#6: Assess, Run, Hide Or Fight
In the milliseconds of a terror attack you must make a decision and assess the situation. Are you actually in a life threatening situation?
If so, you must act and act fast - the best thing is to try and put as much distance between yourself and the danger as possible, this means run.
Becoming invisible from the attacker by hiding is also a recognised defence mechanism that will work in certain situations.
Fighting back is normally the last ditch effort to secure your safety, and if one person retaliates there's a good chance others will join in to secure the situation.
Above all DO NOT FREEZE - as part of the fight, fright or freeze effect, to freeze is by far the most dangerous. You must assess the threat first then react.
So what happens now?
The chances of you encountering a terror attack are extremely rare.
As the saying goes: 'you have, actually, got more chance of being run over by a bus'!
Your taking a massive risk of injury every time you get in your car.
But by following simple, self imposed rules you can have an awareness that should something happen, you are ready with a reaction plan.
Happy Prepping Folks.
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