The world is changing. In the past, the idea of being involved in a terrorist attack seemed like something that was out of the question. However, as these attacks become more common, the threat of terrorism has increased. Are you working to protect yourself? While there is no "terrorism-proofing tool," you can take steps to safeguard you and your family.
1. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Always know where you are and, if possible, who is there with you. Terrorist acts often occur without warning, but it's also common to hear victims speak about different red flags they may have spotted but chose to ignore. Don't ignore any behavior that looks suspicious and remember that terrorists come in all forms, so don't focus on a particular type of individual.
2. Buy Gear
Invest in lifesaving gear that you can rely on in the event of an emergency. For example, a tourniquet is an excellent piece of equipment to have on hand. In the event of an injury, the tourniquet can be used to compress the site of the injury to restrict blood flow to the area. In a life or death situation, this piece of equipment can be especially useful.
3. Watch the News
Stay alert and aware by watching the news. While terrorism can occur anywhere, there are places that have an elevated risk of an attack. When you watch the news, you can learn about these places and better determine where it's safe for you to travel and where you may want to avoid. The Department of State will typically provide you with this information as well.
4. Find an Escape Point
Whenever you're in an unfamiliar place, always locate a point of escape. In the event of an attack, the faster you can get away from the building, the quicker you can get to safety. Don't just spot an escape. Look for the exit that will be the easiest for you to get to in the event of an emergency.
5. Talk to Neighbors and Coworkers
Maintain a good relationship with your neighbors and your coworkers. As previously mentioned, people sometimes see red flags beforehand, but don't share the information. If you have a good relationship with others, you all will feel comfortable enough to share relevant information with each other in the event either of you notices anything alarming.
Ensure you take steps to stay safe. In the event of an emergency, all your efforts will prove critically vital.