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.
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’s 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
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 is 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.
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.