What to do in the Event of a Terrorist Attack


The Current threat level for international terrorism in the UK is SEVERE

Members of the public should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity tot he police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321. 


The growing threat from terrorism, both domestic and international, has increased significantly over the years with notable changes in their modus operandi that exploits natural vulnerability in an indiscriminate fashion.                                   Officials UK security chiefs have urged people to be vigilant and have released advice that outlines how people should act in the vent 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 building as safe and secure as possible.

The basis of your strategy must always be awareness.                                             Your strategy must also help you create detailed plans for your response to an incident in your local environment, how would you protect your business, your staff and your customers - and how would you respond to and manage the aftermath, or maintain business continuity.


STAY SAFE : Terrorist firearms and weapons attacks

Uk counter-terrorism Police release a public information which sets out pratical steps that can be taken to stay safe in the event of a firearms attack.


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Is a protocol used by emergency services to report situations and which will help responders to get information from the first person or officer on scene:

Exact Location of the incident

  • Confirm nearest junction or exact address
  • Geographic size of the incident

Type of Incident

  • Explosion, building collapse, firearms incident, etc.


  • Identify the hazards present or suspected (such as number of hostiles, types of weapons etc.)
  • Consider potential or secondary devices
  • Is evacuation or invacuation necessary and safe?

Access Routes

  • Update with routes that are safe to use
  • Clarify routes which are blocked

Number of Casualties

  • List type and severity
  • Approximate number of dead, injured on the scene

Emergency Services

  • List those Services already present on scene and those required
  • Conduct a joint dynamic hazard assessment with the emergency services


Suspicious items – Guidance for the public


  • Do Not touch
  • Try and identify an owner in the immediate area
  • If you still think it’s suspicious, don’t feel embarrassed or think anybody else will report it
  • Report it to a member of staff, security, or if they are not available dial 999 (do not use your mobile phone in the immediate vicinity)
  • Move away to a safe distance – Even for a small item such as a briefcase move at least 100m away from the item starting from the centre and moving out
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