It seems like each day brings with it reports of a new terror attack somewhere on the planet.
Even worse is the fact that it’s becoming more and more obvious that government authorities haven’t got a clue on how to protect citizens from these vicious attacks.
As is often the case, the responsibility is on each of us to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
Of course, few people are properly trained in the best way to respond to an attack, which is why I’ve put together this article with information on how to escape from a terrorist attack alive.
Unfortunately, there’s no magic formula that can keep anyone 100% safe during any emergency. But here are a few steps you can take to increase your chances of survival if caught in a deadly attack.
What You Really Need to Do to Survive a Terror Attack
The video below it a good summary of the steps for surviving an active shooter or terrorist attack.
Identify the Danger
Your main goal (at least initially) should be to escape, but to do so you need to have some understanding of where the threat is coming from.
That way, you can avoid leading yourself and others into further harm.
Try to identify where the threat is. See if they’re moving and in what direction.
Keep in mind that you don’t want to spend more than a few seconds on this as time is of the essence.
Also, avoid simply following the crowd as there are many cases of panicked groups running directly towards danger.
If all else fails, commit to taking some kind of action and don’t freeze up.
Find the Exits
Once you’ve located the immediate danger, you need to find the nearest avenue to escape away from it.
Keep an eye out for exits and try to reach it while staying behind cover if possible.
It may be that your situation doesn’t allow you to completely evacuate the premises, but you can find an area to lockdown and hide in.
Even in that case, you still need to stay alert and look for chances to escape if and when an opportunity becomes available.
Escape is your priority, but along the way look out for what Marines call weapons of opportunity.
These are any tools that you can use to defend yourself in case you come into direct contact with a terrorist.
For example, during a school shooting, students can use textbooks as weapons to fight attackers.
Now, a book may not be a match for a gun, but using whatever weapons are at your disposal is a much better tactic than simply submitting.
And keep in mind that there is strength in numbers as well. One book may not accomplish much, but a group of people swarming an attacker en masse could prove effective.
ALICE is an acronym that’s used to train civilians on how to handle terror attacks and active shooters.
It stands for:
Alert – Tell the people around you and the authorities about the attack.
Lockdown – Hide in a location that makes it hard for terrorists to get to you.
Inform – Stay on top of the situation as much as possible and try to keep the police informed as well.
Counter – When presented with no other option, confront the attacker.
Evacuate – Escape the situation whenever you can do so safely.
Note that this is not meant to be a list of step-by-step instructions. The response that makes the most sense will depend on the nature of the attack and the location of the terrorist(s).
This may sound like strange advice, but it’s important to remember what ISIS and other terrorist groups are really after when they launch these attacks.
These perpetrators want to use violence to create fear so that they can further their ideological goals.
They want people to panic and give up hope, and you need to do the opposite.
And this isn’t just my advice.
Staying positive is one of the guiding principles taught to Marines as part of the military’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Schools.
A positive attitude and a belief that you and your family will be okay will put your instincts to work towards maintaining your survival.
This will help you maintain a level of calmness that will help you make smarter decisions in a crisis.
The good news is that you are already on the right track for keeping your wits about you during an emergency.
Gaining knowledge from resources like this blog will give you confidence. This confidence can empower you during an emergency and prevent succumbing to feelings of helplessness.
Terror groups want you to be a victim for their cause. By standing up, staying positive, and fighting back when necessary, you can deprive them of this sinister glory.
Note: The TDI Shoelace Knife is the perfect weapon to make sure you’re never completely unarmed.
This isn’t a survival knife in the typical sense. You don’t want to use this blade to chop wood or anything like that.
What this weapon is meant for is to be a last-ditch knife. Basically, one final weapon to have up your sleeve (or tucked in your boots as the case may be) to deliver a devastating blow to a nearby assailant.
Or help you cut your way out of restraints.
It’s small and lightweight but wickedly sharp.