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Surviving a Terrorist Attack in a City



terrorist attack in a city

The U.S. State Department has just issued a worldwide travel warning, due to increased terrorist threats.  This comes as we approach the busiest travel season with Christmas coming up.

For the past couple of weeks, many people have been worried about the increased terror threat since the Nov. 13th attack in Paris, and the Mali hotel attack.

Terrorists by their very nature, tend to strike where many people congregate, typically cities, so they can spread as much fear and mayhem as possible.  An attack happens when least expected.

What can you do to increase your chances of surviving a terrorist attack?

Heightened alertness

As the State Department mentioned in their warning, “citizens should be vigilant, especially in crowded places.”  This means you must always be aware of your surroundings, no matter where you are.  When you enter a room or building, scope out your exits so you know what direction to run to if needed.  Be on guard and alert for any clues that something may be wrong.  If you do get a feeling that something is wrong, follow your gut.

Have a plan

It may be hard to picture it, but imagine different scenarios that you could potentially be faced with if a terrorist attack were to happen near you.

In an active shooter situation, there are three choices:

Run, Hide or Fight

  • Run away if you can find a safe way to do so.  Try to do it so you don’t call attention to yourself.   Don’t worry about taking your purse or other belongings-just leave!
  • If you cannot run away, hide somewhere.  If you are hiding in another room, turn off the lights, silence your phone and be very still.
  • As a last resort, you may have to put up a fight with a weapon or improvise one.


To learn more about self defense, check out these articles:

Self Defense Tactics: Close Quarters Defense

Best Martial Arts for Self Defense

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