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How to prepare for terrorist attacks

Terrorist attacks happen without warning. If you are particularly concerned about the threat of a terrorist attack, keep an eye on the government’s terrorism threat levels

If you suspect any acts of terrorism follow the government advice: Run, Hide, Tell.

Be prepared for terrorism

Above all, be vigilant. Terrorist attacks usually happen in public places. Keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour, vehicles or packages. If you have any fears or suspicions whatsoever, inform the police straight away if possible. You can call the confidential Police Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321.

In buildings and on public transport, make yourself aware of the emergency exits.

During an incident

During an incident, look for the safest way away to leave the area. Go as quickly and calmly as possible.

If there is a fire following an incident, stay as low to the floor as you can and exit as quickly as possible. Cover your nose and mouth with a wet cloth if possible. If a door is hot to the touch, do not open it. Try to stay below the level of smoke at all times.

If there is an explosion outside your building, stay inside and keep away from windows, lifts and outside doors, in case there is another bomb in the area. If you saw the explosion, or any suspicious behaviour, tell the police what you saw. 

After an incident

In the immediate aftermath of a terrorist incident, help others if you are able to give first aid. Volunteer any information you think may be at all helpful to the police, describing what you saw.  

If you are concerned about a loved one, contact the police or follow advice published in the media at the time.

Be careful of the effects of shock. You may not realise you are in shock, so see a doctor as soon as possible after the event.

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