Sometimes, a person or group will use force of violence against people or property for the purposes of intimidation, coercion, ransom, or causing fear. These people or groups, or terrorists, use a wide variety of targets, tactics, and means to cause harm.
An attack upon the United States is extremely unlikely, though the potential for such a nation-wide event does exist. However, terrorism can take many forms, on small or large scales.
Examples of types of terrorism include:
- An active shooter using firearms to cause mass casualties
- Individuals using a vehicle to cause mass casualties
- Individuals using homemade bombs to cause mass casualties
- Other methods of mass attacks may include knives, fires, drones or other weapons
Before an Attack
In general, you should also take the following precautionary measures:
- Be alert and aware of your surroundings.
- Learn where emergency exits are located at school.
- Learn first aid so you can help those with injuries before responders arrive.
During an Attack
There are three steps of what to do during an attack in a public place:
Run to Safety
- Seek safety. Getting away from the attacker is the top priority.
- Leave your belongings behind and get away.
- Call 9-1-1 when you are safe and describe the attacker, location and weapons.
Cover and Hide
- If you can’t run away safely, cover and hide. Find a place to hide out of view of the attacker and if possible, put a solid barrier between yourself and the threat.
- Lock and block doors, close blinds and turn off lights.
- Keep silent.
- Fight only as a last resort. When you can’t run or cover, attempt to disrupt the attack or disable the attacker. Do what you need to do in order to keep yourself safe.