What Should You Do During a Terrorist Attack?

A huge blast followed by a gun battle rocked an upmarket hotel and office complex in Nairobi on Tuesday in an attack claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab Islamist group.

The explosion at the DusitD2 compound, which includes a 101-room hotel, restaurant and office buildings housing local and international companies, was heard some five kilometers away. A total of 21 people lost their lives as a result of Dusit attack while several scores were injured.

Prevent lose of lives during a terror attack similar to the DusitD2, The Garissa University attack, Westgate attack and several others we must observe the following;

Before A terrorist Attack

  • Be vigilant. Terrorist attacks usually happen in public places. Keep a watch for suspicious behavior, vehicles or packages.
  • If you have any fears or suspicions, please consider informing the police. You can call the Police  Hotline on 911,112 & 999, +254721141282 belonging to Mr. Philip Ndolo or +254722839978 belonging to Mr. Musa Yego, the Head of Flying Squad
  • When you’re in buildings and on public transport, make sure you know where the emergency exits are.

During an incident

  • Escape if you can. Always consider and find the safest way to leave the area. Move as quickly and calmly as you can. Always leave your belongings behind.
  • Hide. It’s better to hide than to confront the attacker. Remember to turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in a room if you can. Remember to move away from the door.
  • If there’s a fire within your environment, stay low to the floor and exit as quickly as possible. Cover your nose and mouth with a wet cloth if you can. If a door is hot to the touch, don’t open it.
  • If there’s an explosion outside a building, stay inside. Keep away from windows, lifts and outside doors in case there’s another bomb nearby.
  • If you saw the explosion or any suspicious behavior, tell the police.

After an incident

  • Help others with first aid if it’s safe to do so. With immediate effect, tell the police if you saw anything that might be useful.
  • If you’re concerned about a loved one, contact the police using contact details provided above.
  • You could be suffering from shock or trauma but not realize it. See a therapist and/or a counselor as soon as possible.

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Author: Livingstone Were
Livingstone is a security and safety expert specializing in cybersecurity, corporate security management, public safety, and private investigations.

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