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Philippines Bombing: Don’t Become a Secondary Target

The tragic 27 January Philippines bombing has highlighted the importance of getting as far from the scene as possible (as long as it is safe to do so) if there’s an attack, with a second bombing targeting first responders at the scene.

So often these days, crowds of onlookers gather when there has been any type of incident and even if police set up a perimeter, a group of onlookers/Instagrammers is likely to appear. This then becomes a potential new target, and if police need to clear a larger area it makes that job a lot more difficult.

We’ve quoted UK counter-terrorism and police’s “Run, Hide, Tell” advice many times, and the “Run” aspect is especially important here. As long as you aren’t putting yourself in greater danger, you should get as far from the incident as you can.

If there’s a danger of more explosions, shooting, falling debris or other hazards you should hide – take cover under/behind a solid structure. Think bricks and concrete rather than wood or a vehicle. If there has been an explosion though, consider that the building may not be stable.

The chances of being involved in a situation like the one in Jolo really are minimal, but it’s always better to be prepared. Many of these points also apply if there’s a fire or other emergency not related to terrorism, so they’re worth remembering!

 

Advice From The USA

We found some important tips on the American ‘National Terror Alert’ website:

  • Leave the area immediately.
  • Avoid crowds. Crowds of people may be targeted for a second attack.
  • Avoid unattended cars and trucks. Unattended cars and trucks may contain explosives.
  • Stay away from damaged buildings to avoid falling glass and bricks. Move at least 10 blocks or 200 yards away from damaged buildings.
  • Follow directions from people in authority (police, fire, EMS, or military personnel, or from school or workplace supervisors).
  • Call (999) once you are in a safe area, but only if police, fire, or (emergency services) have not arrived.
  • Help others who are hurt or need assistance to leave the area if you are able. If you see someone who is seriously injured, seek help. Do not try to manage the situation alone.

 

The website reiterates some of these points in its “What to do after…” list:

  • Follow your family, job, or school emergency disaster plan for leaving and staying away from the scene of the event. Remember, returning to the scene will increase the risk of danger for rescue workers and you.
  • Avoid crowds. Crowds of people may be targeted for a second attack.
  • Avoid unattended cars and trucks. Unattended cars and trucks may contain explosives.
  • Stay away from damaged buildings to avoid falling glass and bricks. Move at least 10 blocks or 200 yards away from damaged buildings.

 

Keep Your Cool

It’s natural to be afraid in an emergency situation, but being prepared means you’re far less likely to panic and more likely to think clearly, and that can be critical.

In so many incidents, panic causes a large number of injuries as people fall, get trampled on, and block exits. Leaving an area quickly is important, but that doesn’t mean running and yelling, as that can lead to trips or calling unnecessary attention to yourself.

Remember that your deliberate and confident actions can help others to keep their cool too, and it can make it easier for police and security teams to do their job.

 

We hope you never have to use these emergency tips, but we also hope that the knowledge will give you greater peace of mind, wherever you are in the world!

 

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