Grim new guidance issued by the UK’s National Counter-Terrorism Security Office (Nactso) outlines some tips on what to do in “response to a fast-moving incident such as a firearms or weapons attack.”
Of course every situation — and person — is different, so your milage may vary. That said, Nactso says:
— Your best moves come before any attack. Develop the habit when entering a new place to locate the exits. Make sure you know where at least one is in front of you and behind you.
— As best you can, know what is normal. Is a crowded area abroad suddenly empty? Do people have backpacks where they normally wouldn’t?
— Act quickly. Confusion can allow you to escape before the attackers get started in their killing.
— Do nothing to call attention to yourself.
— Don’t play dead. If you can see the attacker, they can see you. Some terrorists may just spray the area with bullets.
— Run if you can. Leave belongings behind. Take others out with you.
— If you can’t run, take cover. Cover means getting behind something like a wall that may deflect or stop bullets. Stay low.
— If you can’t take cover, hide. That means concealing yourself behind something, like a table, that won’t stop bullets but will hide you from the attacker.
— Fighting may be your only option but if you can escape, do so unless you’re really trained in combat. Otherwise, you’ll just end up dead and you may get others killed along with you. Your goal is to survive.
— When the cops enter, or if you exit an area and encounter the cops, keep your hands up and comply. This is a very dangerous situation for you. The cops are nervous too, and will not know right away if you are a good guy or a bad guy. If you are on the ground when the cops arrive, stay there. If you are standing, get on the ground in a position of compliance. Do not jump up suddenly, and don’t run toward the police. Let them come to you, and expect to be cuffed, searched, interrogated and perhaps treated roughly at first. Listen for, and comply with, instructions.
Good luck out there…