**Good morning. I’m going start your day off with a ‘Sidebar.’ Generally, EURThisNthat will have some unbelievable, or heartbreaking news story up at the crack of dawn. Or something sensational. And there is plenty out there, believe me. But not today. You see that headline? Unfortunately, its not one of fiction. It’s very real. And if you are someone who still thinks it doesn’t apply to you, I have one question to ask you as my new BFF:
Our world has gotten a lot smaller over the past two weeks. Remember when people used to refer to six-degrees-of-separation? Well even that has changed.
Now its more like three.
Our world started getting smaller in 2001. Specifically on September 11. I recall it vividly because I had just returned from New York City the day before al-Qaeda terrorists carried out a series of four attacks that left thousands of people dead and changed the lives of families and friends forever.
Now, with the recent attacks on Paris, and other assaults, the UK National Counter-Terrorism Security Office (Nactso) has issued guidance on what we should and should not do if we find ourselves caught up in a terrorist attack.
Yes. The world has changed. And with all the problems and worries we have had to deal with, I will be first in line to say, I never, ever, thought this would seriously be one of them.
I’m only human, and although I read and write about all sorts of news, I find I must protect my infrastructure. So I don’t take everything I write to heart. I don’t only blog about things I like or believe in. Hence, I have written about horrible, cringe-worthy issues that I had to separate myself from–just to get through the article.
But this is different. I, we, no longer have the option of separating ourselves in any way because, it has hit home. Many of us were affected personally by the assaults that took place abroad.
So this is what we have been advised to do (or not) if we find terrorism standing at our doorsteps.
The advice is based on some evidence from victims of the assault on the Bataclan music hall, the deadliest site of the Paris attacks where gunmen fired indiscriminately at the crowd. Some were able to escape after playing dead among pools of blood. But Nactso says that “if you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you.”
Instead, the document urges those who find themselves in such an attack to:
- 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.
The document also provides guidance on how companies should respond if their buildings become the site of a terror attack. Nactso advises companies to train staff in how to lock down buildings.
America, as well as other countries abroad and in the east, remain on high terror alert. So, while I don’t advocate living in fear, we should obviously practice a different behavior. We can’t ignore things we may have thought was ‘nothing’ previously; such as packages sitting unattended (don’t touch it, just report it!), or suspicious people or situations.
Remember, the nine victims at Emmanuel AME never suspected the young ‘ordinary-looking’ white boy who sat around the bible study table with them under the auspices — to their understanding anyway — of learning more about the Lord. By the time they realized who Dylann Storm Roof really was, it was too late for them.
Many feelings will probably get hurt by us not taking any chances. And that’s just gonna have to happen to keep people safe.
I certainly am not a specialist in this area, nor am I political in the true sense of the word. And I have no concrete answers as to how we can avoid any of this for sure. What I am is someone who wants to be here to live life, become the best me possible, and hopefully, be an inspiration to others.
I can’t be any of those things if I’m dead OR living in the paralysis of fear.
“We do not succumb to fear,” president Obama told a group of reporters during a recent trip to Malaysia. “While the terror threat is real,” he added, “there is a difference between being vigilant and having the kind of fear that causes people to abandon their values,” he added.
Please visit MSN News to learn more about the guidelines advised should we ever find ourselves in this situation.
Somehow I feel I should thank you for your attention.