AbledSurvival-How To Survive A Terrorist Attack

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How to survive a terror attack: Run, don’t play dead

UPDATED: June 06, 2017

In the wake of the Manchester and London terrorist attacks, attention is focusing once again on the UK’s National Counter Terrorism Office’s (NaCTSO) guidelines of what to do if you’re caught in an area of a terrorist attack to increase your chances of survival.

The guidelines were first drafted after the terrorist attacks in Paris in November of 2015. The first attack on the Bataclan  concert venue prompted the video above on the right. The video above on the left soon followed in anticipation of such attacks happening in the UK.

The ‘Stay Safe’ guidelines outline different measures to put in place to try and protect company employees or family members in a terrorism situation.  They also advise that anyone caught in or near an attack should run from the scene and not play dead, but only if there is a clear and safe exit route with no risk of being hit by bullets, and to try and find protective cover behind a reinforced wall or brickwork and to remain silent.

Police and other emergency services should be alerted as soon as possible when it is safe to do so.

ISIS has issued threats of more attacks against the UK and France, as well as coalition members fighting against the terrorist group in Syria, including the United Kingdom, the United States and Russia.

The NaCTSO guidelines make up part of the “Dynamic Lockdown Procedures” plan, which every business is advised to develop.

NaCTSO has said that companies should use CCTV and security guards to detect those undertaking “hostile reconnaissance” before an attack takes place.

“All opportunities to detect and deter threats at the attack planning phase should be taken,” the report states.

“Presenting a strong security posture through visible and effective activity, for example by staff awareness and reporting processes, efficient use of CCTV, deterrent communications and active security zones.”

The experts suggest that all staff are aware of the terror procedures and regular terror attack tests should be carried out.



 from the UK Government’s National Counter Terrorism Security Office



  • Try to escape if you can and insist others leave with you. Leave all belongings behind.



  • Find cover from gunfire behind substantial brickwork or heavy reinforced walls. Hide from view – if you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you. But remember bullets go through glass, brick, wood and metal.
  • Lock or barricade yourself in but try not to get trapped.
  • Be quiet, silence your phone and move away from the door.



  • When save call 999 and tell them the location of the suspects, that they look like, what weapons they have, if there are any casualties or hostages.
  • Stop other people entering the building.

When armed response officers arrive on the scene, the government advice is the following:

  • Follow officers’ instructions.
  • Remain calm.
  • Can you move to a safer area?
  • Avoid sudden movements that may be considered a threat.
  • Keep your hands in view.

Officers may:

  • Point guns at you.
  • Treat you firmly.
  • Question you.
  • Be unable to distinguish you from the attacker.

Officers will evacuate you when it is safe to do so. Banner: Related Coverage.
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