Just several days ago, a bombing took place in Brussels which claimed 30 lives and wounded over 200 people. The bombing was the work of ISIS who claimed complete credit for the attack. What happened was that 2 men took 2 bombs and detonated them in an airport and metro station, killing themselves in the process. The attack was during rush hour, and they had not gone through any security stations yet. During both attacks, the bombs caused glass and metal shards to fly hundreds of feet, all while smoke filled the area. This not only caused harm, but it also caused extreme panic. While its impossible to avoid these attacks, you can follow some tips on being alert after a terrorist attack:
- Look around and try to learn your surrounds. You don’t have to figure out whats going on, but its important to be aware of threats in your area. Is there fire around me? Is there an active shooting that I can see? Is there anyone around me that I can try to help?
- Determine if you should stay where you are or leave the area. You should leave the area if there is danger coming your way, but sometimes if you are unsure if its safe to move, its best to stay where you are.
- Contain any injury to yourself. If you are hurt in an attack, it could be 15 minutes before the situation is contained. If you have a medical emergency kit, you could use it to help stop bleeding if possible.
While these unfortunate events are horrible, knowing how to stay calm is essential to save your life and others.