For years, many survivalists focused on protection against nuclear, biological or chemical attacks. While it is still important to be prepared for these types of events, it is becoming more important to be ready for what we can call local terrorist attacks. These attacks would include events such as terrorist shooters, bomb explosions, and hostage situations which take place in local areas such as stores, schools and airports. Here are some general tips to help protect you and your family if you happen to find yourself in a terror activity.
Use Defensive Awareness:
It does not matter what type of setting you walk into (school, church, store, etc), you need to practice defensive awareness. This is simply making it a habit to locate the nearest exits, places that offer solid cover (from firearms), places to duck and hide behind, and places to avoid (such as wide open areas in a mall, for instance). All of this can be accomplished with a couple of eye sweeps once you get accustomed to doing it.
Go Down, Stay Down:
If you and your family have to duck for cover from firearms or bomb explosions, stay down! A favorite tactic for terrorists is to set off one event, pause to trick victims into thinking all is clear, and then fire more bullets or set off another explosive device to maximize casualties. If you have to go down, stay down, and keep your family or others with you down as well, until you are certain the area is safe and cleared of threats.
Run, Don’t Run:
There may be times when running away from the threat is the best option. Then, there may be times when sheltering in place is your best defense. You will have to make that decision yourself, depending on what you are facing. The important thing to keep in mind, however, is to avoid the natural tendency to simply run. Instead, take a few seconds to determine if that is the best action to take. Do not let yourself get swept up in the “herd” mentality which is going to happen (count on it) if you are in a populated area. Joining in the “stampede” not only exposes you to snipers or additional blasts, but it can also result in injury (especially to children) if they fall and are crushed underfoot.
Do Not Panic:
It cannot be stressed enough that you need to stay calm. If others are with you (family, friends, etc), they may not be able to stay calm and you will have to take charge and reassure them (as well as direct them, in most cases); you simply will not be able to do that if you are not calm. When something happens, take a breath, assess the situation, make a fast plan, and take charge if you are able.
These few, simple tips can save your life in the event of an attack. Use them and share them with your family.
Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.
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