Nice terror attack: Lorry driver who killed 84 in Bastille Day rampage named as convicted criminal born in Tunisia!
A terrorist who used a hired lorry to kill at least 84 people in a rampage during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice has been named as a convicted criminal well known to the police for armed attacks.
Would you know what to do ??
At least 10 children are among the dead following the “cowardly and barbaric” . Officials fear the death toll will rise.
Protect your family and friends by training to survive !
The following advice does not represent everything you can or should do in the event of an attack upon your hotel but does provide some general guidance for you to consider that may help you to shape your actions. Much of this will apply only if you are: A. aware of what is happening or about to happen, and B. ability to extricate yourself from the initial point of the terrorist assault. That said, quick and decisive reaction to a sudden attack can save your life.
First: Get Away. Move as fast as you can away from the point of the attack to either your safe haven or entirely out of the area. If the attackers are shooting, stay low and move in erratic zig-zags until you are sure you are clear then move as fast, and as directly, as you can out of the area. If you become trapped inside the hotel and are unable to clear the area or make it to your safe haven, make your way to a room, any room, and lock and barricade it from the inside. Switch off any ‘’do not disturb’ lights at the door (if an accommodation room) and turn the room lights off along with any television or radio. Draw the blinds or curtains fully. Lie on the floor and remain silent. Do not respond or open your door to anyone – even if they say they are police or other security forces. Survivor testimony from Mumbai and Mali points convincingly to the success of ‘hunkering down’. Terrorists roaming hotel corridors are looking for opportune targets and will soon move on if frustrated by a locked or immovable door.
If you have moved to your safe haven, or have locked yourself away, do not re-emerge until you are absolutely sure security forces have the situation under control – this would usually be signalled by a number of loud hailer or PA announcements. Just because the situation is suddenly quiet does not mean the attack is over. When you do emerge, do so swiftly but with your hands above your head. Keep your hands raised until such time as you have been collected by security forces and cleared.
? Escape if you can.
? Consider the safest options.
? Is there a safe route? RUN if not HIDE.
? Can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?
? Insist others leave with you.
? Leave belongings behind
? If you can’t RUN, HIDE.
? Find cover from gunfire.
? If you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you.
? Cover from view does not mean you are safe, bullets go through glass, brick, wood and metal.
? Find cover from gunfire e.g. substantial brickwork / heavy reinforced walls.
? Be aware of your exits.
? Try not to get trapped.
? Be quiet, silence your phone.
? Lock / barricade yourself in.
? Move away from the door.
? Call Police – What do the police need to know?
? Location – Where are the suspects?
? Direction – Where did you last see the suspects?
? Descriptions – Describe the attacker, numbers, features, clothing, weapons etc.
? Further information – Casualties, type of injury, building information, entrances, exits, hostages etc.
? Stop other people entering the building if it is safe to do so.
Armed Police Response:
• Follow officers’ instructions.
• Remain calm.
• Can you move to a safer area?
• Avoid sudden movements that may be considered a threat.
• Keep your hands in view.
• Point guns at you.
• Treat you firmly.
• Question you.
• Be unable to distinguish you from the attacker.
• Officers will evacuate you when it is safe to do so.
An attack on a hotel or tourist destination is a complex and chaotic situation. There are no easy answers and no ‘one best way’ to surviving such an attack. However, with a little preparation, maintaining your situational awareness and keeping a cool head you can give yourself the best chance of survival.
• Stay alert at all times
• Prepare before you go
• Ask questions
• Refresh your knowledge
• Learn from your experiences and share knowledge