The current UK threat level is severe, meaning another attack is highly likely. Worryingly, not enough people know how to protect themselves should they ever be caught up in a Paris-style attack. Since 2013, there have been nine terrorist attacks on British soil and British intelligence agencies have highlighted the possibility of another threat facing the nation.
Official UK security chiefs have urged people to be vigilant and have released advice that outlines how people should act in the event of an attack. The advice covers everything from how individuals caught in a terror situation should act, to preventative steps businesses can take to keep their buildings as safe and secure as possible.
The first thing you should do in a fast-moving incident such as gun or knife attack is RUN. Run away from the danger and run to safety. This a much safer option then trying to surrender or negotiate. Leave belongings behind and insist others leave with you.
If there is nowhere to run to, the next best option is to HIDE. If possible, hide behind substantial brickwork or heavy reinforced walls, as cover from view does not mean you are safe. Find cover from gunfire, silence your phone and keep quiet.
If possible, call 999 and TELL them all the information you know, such as your location, how many suspects there are and where you last saw them. Describe the suspects in as much detail as possible including any information about casualties or the weapons being used.
It is unlikely that you will ever be caught up in a terror attack; but it’s necessary that people to know how to protect themselves. Businesses should think about putting procedures in place to make their buildings as secure as possible.
Every business should essentially have a “lockdown” plan they can implement if an attacker attempts to gain entry to their building. Having plans and processes like this in place could potentially save many lives.
• FIRST AID
Ensure that your business has first aid kits located around the building. Having first aid kits on hand can save lives and minimise injuries, should there be any casualties. Depending on the size of your business, you will need to have at least one person trained in first aid to provide aid to those in need. However, it is recommended that you have more than one person trained.
It is important to establish those in the building who will make the final decision on the steps that need to be taken. Whether this is the CEO, Manager or a Team Leader, employees should all be aware of the roles and responsibilities of each member of staff.
Senior staff should put in place emergency response, evacuation and lockdown plans. This way, if something was to occur, everyone knows what to do to keep people safe. This could involve locking all entrances to stop an unwanted person gaining entry, or having in place a notification system, such as a text sent to all employees notifying them of danger.
It can be beneficial to train and practice different scenarios when preparing for a potential terror attack. Although it is unlikely, there is no harm in going through scenarios with staff and training them in exactly what to do. This way, you can minimise the chance of anyone making a mistake in the event of a real-life attack.
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