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Manage And Survive A Terrorist Attack

Manage And Survive A Terrorist Attack

America has been subject to the phenomena for quite a while now and it continues to be, undoubtedly, the main target of such manifestations of pure violence and hatred. Whether we’re being targeted for political or religious reasons, it makes no difference; the ultimate goal of terrorist attempts is to hit where it hurts the most: the American people. Preventing such disasters is a national priority, but unfortunately, we’re still vulnerable and open to such atrocities and could find ourselves in such an unwanted position at any given time.

America’s position as the World’s first superpower makes us the first targets of the oppressive, blood-thirsty and warmongering enemies of freedom and liberty. Escaping with your life from such a scenario is no easy task and it’s not a fixed mathematical formula. It comes down to many factors, the most important being the right state of mind and yes, dumb luck. However, there are a few basic steps and precautions that if followed, might just get you get you out alive. There is no ultimate guarantee, but it’s the best fighting chance we’ve got.

Surviving The First Attempt And Taking Cover

If after the first stage of the attack is over and you’re still alive, that’s great. Means luck is on your side; now all you need is a cool head and you need to start thinking your way around the problem. If you can still hear explosions or shots being fired, the only decent option you have is to take shelter. Duck and cover, don’t start running unless you’re absolutely sure you’re out of firing range. If you can’t tell (which most probably you won’t), just duck and cover or crawl your way towards the nearest hiding spot available. Hiding under desks or pieces of furniture is not that good of an idea, as you’re just vulnerable. The best defense you have is to find your way after a pillar or concrete wall, which will shield you from flying bullets or debris that might come in-flying if explosions of any sorts are involved.

If you start choking or people around you start showing signs of nausea and fainting, you’ll need to cover your mouth and nose, as you’re either falling victims to a chemical attack or smoke resulting from random fires. Covering your mouth with any type of cloth will serve as an air filter; it’s even better if the rag you’re using is wet. So if the option is available, water the piece of cloth before you place it on your face.

The Ultimate Survival Medical Kit

If the possibility arises, calling the authorities by dialing 911 is the best thing to do. This way the attack will be immediately localized and the operator might even provide some life-saving tips in the matter. If the attack has already been spotted, there is a chance that there is already a live broadcast about the incident on the media. So if you have a TV or radio running somewhere, pay some attention. You might uncover vital information about who’s doing it and how and maybe possible escape tactics or plans for the people trapped in the crossfire or bombings. Another step that could be absolutely life-saving is sticking together. If there are more people involved in the incident, they should stick together. There is strength in numbers, especially in desperate situations. You should act together and be prepared for any type of encounter, even for fighting.

Escaping from ground zero

Escaping From Ground Zero

If you’re being trapped (or about to be trapped) inside of a building that’s being targeted by terrorist attack, the faster you get out of there, the better. The best thing to watch out for when entering a building for the first time, are all the possible exits and entrances. If you already have the place mapped in your head, when SHTF you won’t use any precious time in wandering around, like a mouse trapped in a labyrinth.

If you happen to find yourself in a building that’s not being target, but it’s really close to the affected area, the first thing you’ll need to do is to make the building as airtight as possible. Unless the buildings are crumbling or on fire, take cover inside, until you know for certain that it’s safe to evacuate the premises.

You should close all the windows, the doors, and even the air conditioning system. This will assure your survival in case chemical agents are involved. Also stay away from windows; in case of an explosion, you don’t want to be in the way of flying glass shards. If you suspect that, despite your best efforts, you’ve fallen prey to chemical poisoning you should strip and shower as soon as possible. But be very aware of the fact that many chemical agents react strongly with water.

If compliance and endless waiting for rescuers is not your thing, assertive action could work just as well. But if you’re going to do it, do it as well. Otherwise, you’re not endangering yourself, but everybody around you as well. If you are prepared to act as a leader for those left behind, you should. Stay strong, keep calm, and the people will pick up on your positive vibe and will follow. Stay always on top of your game and don’t back up.

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Terrorist attacks are horrendous acts of unimaginable violence. They’re always counting on the element of surprise, in order to encounter as little opposition from their targets as possible. The psychological war is just as strong as the real one. Considering that a terrorist attack is a random act and almost impossible to predict, it’s best to be on the look-out at all times. But don’t let yourself consumed by the thought, because if you do, they win.

Two US Cities Possibly About To Be Destroyed By Natural Disasters

Two US Cities About To Be Destroyed By Natural Disasters

In the last hundred years, humanity has gone through its most progressive era of technological advance. Science and technology have flourished and this process is still going strong. With so many breakthroughs in so many fields, it seems that only the sky is the limit now, and who knows what peaks we could reach next: maybe making a neighboring planet habitable or finding the elixir of eternal life. But if you look at the big picture, you simply can’t get too enthusiastic about human status. Before dreaming of conquering new worlds, take a look in our “own backyard”.

No matter how advanced we might think we are at this point in space and time, I can’t help but notice how miserably we fail when confronted with natural disasters. It’s very little we can do to actually counter nature’s wrath, and all our technological power can be at most used for rebuilding, rather than avoiding natural events. And it seems that here, in the US, the worst is yet to come, as two major cities have yet to face critical disasters.

1. New York will face its most powerful hurricane yet.

You might think New York can’t be subjected to anything worse than what has already happened: terrorist attacks, violent neighborhoods, crime and the already infamous hurricanes Irene and Sandy. But you might want to reconsider, as the worst is yet to come. If you think the flooded subways, the damaged buildings and the few billion $ were too much to handle, you can’t even fathom what the next hurricane will bring. Bothe Irene and Sandy were category 1 hurricanes, meaning they were as low on the scale as they could possibly go. The next one, that will hit sometime this decade, will be category 3; we’re talking about a hurricane powerful enough to collapse skyscrapers or to flood the JFK Airport under 25 feet of water. And this won’t be a singled out case. Such a hurricane, studies show, will hit every 10 years from now on. As a result of such force, estimated damage costs have rose to about $500 billion. As for encountering such a force, there’s nothing else to do but perhaps flee for safety when the sirens start blowing.

Avoiding this sort of calamity is very unlikely, as New York’s geographical position makes it nothing less than a hurricane magnet. New Jersey and Long Island form some sort of tunnel (a bottled-neck passage) that easily redirects any forming storms towards New York’s coast. So when the wind starts blowing, New York has no other chance but to face the disaster head-on.

2. Seattle could be swallowed whole by volcanic mudflows.

The city of Seattle is well known for repeatedly falling victim to all sorts of earthquakes throughout the years, big or small. But what’s to come will be far more destructive and terrifying than everything else this city had to face so far: the threat of ending it all buried in hot mud. According to recent studies and calculations, it could all be set in motion by an eruption of Mount Rainier, which is known to be one of the most dangerous volcanoes on the face of the planet.

I’m not making this up: Mount Rainier is on the Decade Volcano List. The Decade Volcanoes are 16 volcanoes identified by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI) as being worthy of particular study in light of their history of large, destructive eruptions and proximity to populated areas.

The spewing of magma and brimstone will be devastating to some extent sure, but it won’t be anything else but the icing on the cake. The destruction will be brought forth by a little something called a lahar. Don’t get fooled by its harmless name; lahars are true harbingers of destruction chaos. They are giant flows of debris, mud, water, trees and pretty much everything else they assimilate along the way and are very fast-moving. What’s even scarier as that this entire concoction of destruction is as consistent as wet cement and can reach tremendous heights. Because of its large amount of glacial ice, Mt. Rainier could potentially produce massive lahars. The United States Geological Survey has installed a lahar warning system for the area.

A lahar swallowing everything in its path

A lahar swallowing everything in its path

Believe or not, this event won’t be a first. Sedimentology studies show that this sort of event happened around 5,600 years ago, when a gigantic lahar called Osceola Mudflow (which originated in Mount Rainier), drowned a portion of Puget Sound under about three cubic kilometers of water and debris. The Osceola lahar produced by Mount Rainier (Washington) resulted in a wall of mud 140 metres (460 ft) deep in the White River canyon, which covered an area of over 330 square kilometres (130 sq mi)!!! The USGS states that Mount Rainier is behaving in a similar fashion to how it has behaved for millions of years – erupting periodically. In other words, at some point, this WILL happen again.

A similar event occurred in 1985, in Colombia, when 25,000 people lost their life. Just to get the big picture, know this: the Colombian event that claimed 25,000 souls is only 2.5% of the volume of what could hit Seattle. In 1998 some scientist released a lahar-detection system. But it was a failed attempt, as the system did not deliver. Its readings were based solely on volcanic eruptions, but lahars don’t necessarily need volcanoes in order to form.

It’s true, we’ve come a long way, and history proves it. But we’re nowhere near powerful enough to take on God’s wrath. And probably we will never be. There’s no way of fighting back nature, but with enough vigilance, preparation, and determination, we might end being survivors rather than victims. No matter what the future holds, we must never abandon hope.

MFSP

Prepare Your Mind For The Coming Crisis – Part 10: How To Explain Disasters And Crises To Children

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Last time, we started talking about helping children deal with a disaster or a crisis (whether they were directly involved or just saw it happening, even on TV).The article was dedicated to understanding the way a child perceives such an event, according to his or her age.

Today, we’ll talk about how you can identify post-traumatic stress disorder in your kids and what you can do to help them overcome this difficult time.

First, let’s see the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the FEMA website:

Refusal to return to school andclinging” behavior, including shadowing the mother or father around the house

Persistent fears related to the catastrophe (such as fears about being permanently separated from parents)

Sleep disturbances such as nightmares, screaming during sleep and bedwetting, persisting more than several days after the event

Loss of concentration and irritability

Jumpiness or being startled easily

Behavior problems, for example, misbehaving in school or at home in ways that are not typical for the child

Physical complaints(stomachaches, headaches, dizziness) for which a physical cause cannot be found

Withdrawal from family and friends, sadness, listlessness, decreased activity, and preoccupation with the events of the disaster

Keep a close eye on your kids and notice any strange behaviour, even when they’re alone, playing. If they present any of the symptoms above, give them all your support and love, talk to them about their feelings and even look for specialized help. This kind of experiences might traumatize kids for life if the problems stay unsolved.

But even if your children seem fine, you should still take the following measures during and after a disaster or crisis:

According to Divine Caroline (a blog I discovered while looking for some info onthe Haitian earthquake), here’s what you need to do:

“Focus On The Positive”

This doesn’t mean you should paint this rosy-pink picture about disasters. But when a child is face to face with let’s say an earthquake that shattered an entire city and killed millions, their whole world goes upside-down. And they will most likely suffer a great shock.

And a good way to keep the shock to a minimum is to focus on the positive: how lucky they are they’re alive and well, how great it is to be with your family and have your loved ones around.

If they just see the disaster on TV, talk about how organizations are raising money for the victims, how people help their neighbors or even drive from miles away to bring clothes, food, and water and help them rebuild their homes.

This way, they’ll feel better knowing there’s always someone there to help them, even people they’ve never met. And it’s also a great way of teaching your child to help others in need, too. Which brings me to the next step:

“Get Them Involved In The Relief Efforts”

You don’t have to pay hundreds to charity organizations to help families in need. If you can and you want to do so, then let your kids participate. Let them send the money or at least watch you sending it. Tell them how the money will help people in need.

If you can’t afford to donate money, you can send clothes you don’t need, blankets and even canned food. Tell your kids to choose a few of their things they’d like to donate to children in need: clothes, toys, shoes, whatever they don’t wear anymore or they’re willing to give away. Explain to them what happened to those children and how donations will make them feel better.

“Encourage Them To Ask Questions”

Let your children ask as many questions they want. This way, they’ll express their fears and doubts and you’ll find out what’s going on in those little heads of theirs. When answering their questions, make sure you:

Use words and concepts your child can understand. Make your explanation appropriate to your child’s age and level of understanding. Don’t overload a child with too much information.

Give children honest answers and information. Children will usually know if you’re not being honest.

Be prepared to repeat explanations or have several conversations. Some information may be hard to accept or understand. Asking the same question over and over may be your child’s way of asking for reassurance.

Acknowledge and support your child’s thoughts, feelings, and reactions. Let your child know that you think their questions and concerns are important.

Be consistent and reassuring, but don’t make unrealistic promises.

Avoid stereotyping groups of people by race, nationality, or religion. Use the opportunity to teach tolerance and explain prejudice.

Remember that children learn from watching their parents and teachers. They are very interested in how you respond to events. They learn from listening to your conversations with other adults.

Let children know how you are feeling. It’s OK for them to know if you are anxious or worried about events. However, don’t burden them with your concerns.

Don’t confront your child’s way of handling events. If a child feels reassured by saying that things are happening very far away, it’s usually best not to disagree. The child may need to think about events this way to feel safe. (aacap.org)

Now here are a couple more techniques you can use to comfort your kids. I got these from elev8.com, I find them very useful:

“Try to keep your emotions stable as you talk with your child”

Don’t let your kids see how upset, afraid or disoriented you are. Tell them how you feel, but don’t break down and cry for hours, because that will make your kids break down as well. Especially when they don’t understand why you’re having these feelings. So no matter how strong your feelings are, be patient enough to answer your children’s questions and ask them how they feel. Always be connected with their minds.

Also, if it helps calm you down, say a prayer together with your kids. Sometimes, it all it takes.

“Take them out of the house and enjoy being out

This is ok only if the area you live in is safe. Getting out of the house helps you disconnect from the negative feelings and reconnect with your family. Don’t feel guilty for having fun. Life has to go on and you need to keep your family happy.

“Turn off the television”

From time to time, turn off the TV. Even if you don’t go out, just play with your kids, cook something yummy or just talk to your loved ones about anything else but the disaster. Relax and try to have a good time.

These moments are crucial because they keep you away from depression and they reassure your kids that life will be good again.

You can find more practical information on how to overcome any crisis or disaster on www.myfamilysurvivalplan.com.

By Anne Sunday