|It could be something as subtle as powder on an envelope or an unfamiliar odor in the air, but before you begin analyzing and overthinking every possible terrorist threat, let’s concentrate on one of the more common ones… a bomb explosion. Sure, debris is flying everywhere, people are screaming, the earth feels like it’s about to separate below you, but many people survive bomb attacks, even those within close range. Remembering a few helpful tips can make all the difference.
- If you sense that an explosion is a split second away, drop to the floor and lie flat, covering your head with your hands.
- Once an explosion occurs, leave the building or bomb site as quickly as possible, but only after debris is no longer flying.
- Do not linger to retrieve personal belongings or to make a phone call.
- Watch out for damaged, weakened floors and stairs as you exit.
- If items are falling all around you, find a sturdy desk or table to crawl under and wait until the situation calms.
- Help injured victims who may need assistance walking away from the site.
- If the building is on fire, stay low to the floor and keep your mouth covered when exiting.
- When approaching a closed door, use the back of your hand to feel if the door is hot. If it is, open it very slowly and, if fire is present, search for an alternate exit.
- If trapped in debris, do not light a match or kick up dust…rhythmically tap on a pipe or wall nearby to summon help. Only shout as a last resort.