Although terrorists use a variety of methods to inflict harm and create fear, bombs are used most frequently. According to the U. S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, bombings accounted for nearly 70 percent of all terrorist attacks in the U.S. and its territories between 1980 and 20011. This document focuses on common sense principles that will be useful in a bombing event.
What can I do now?
CDC and the American Red Cross encourage every organization, family and individual to take time to prepare for an emergency or disaster. These steps can help you get started:
- Know your work, school and community disaster plans. If you are not familiar with the plans, contact your supervisor, school administrators, or your local fire department for information.
- Identify an alternative hospital. Hospitals closest to the event are always the busiest.
- Visit http://www.redcross.org/preparedness. The site provides guidance on creating a disaster plan and steps you can take now to protect yourself and your loved ones.
What should I do during a terrorist bombing?
If you are in a bombing event:
- Leave the area immediately.
- Avoid crowds. Crowds of people may be targeted for a second attack.
- Avoid unattended cars and trucks. Unattended cars and trucks may contain explosives.
- Stay away from damaged buildings to avoid falling glass and bricks. Move at least 10 blocks or 200 yards away from damaged buildings.
- Follow directions from people in authority (police, fire, EMS, or military personnel, or from school or workplace supervisors).
- Call 9-1-1 once you are in a safe area, but only if police, fire, or EMS has not arrived.
- Help others who are hurt or need assistance to leave the area if you are able. If you see someone who is seriously injured, seek help. Do not try to manage the situation alone.