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Notes from various safety briefings

posted Sep 18, 2018, 7:27 AM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Sep 18, 2018, 11:18 AM ]
Explosives are a weapon of choice for all terrorists.  If your organization is prepared for an explosion, you are prepared for 80% of all other mass casualty occurrences that can happen against you.

Social Media is a tool that you should leverage in an emergency; have pre-canned messages ready for all kinds of occurrences, set them out in a file share on the web, and when something comes up, open that on a tab, open Twitter on a tab, Facebook on the next, and so forth. 
Copy and paste the scripted alert messages. Take the time now, and be ready.

We all make mistakes, and learn from them, however, it is far less costly and better to learn from the mistakes of others.

Do not try to control the press, let them control themselves, they are responsible to edit and manage their own content, as they are held responsible for what they share. Don’t waste effort here.

Large play fields, football, soccer, and other large grass areas can be easily turned in to disaster response areas using tent structures which can be put up in a day.  Many responder organizations can make this happen.

When deciding what to do after an incident, look at the prime directive, and make sure that it is in line with this: "Does this task help to restore order?"

There is almost always a secondary blast after a terrorist  incident, and usually from experience the blast occurs 30 – 50 minutes following the first.

Bystanders are both the biggest help and biggest hindrance at any incident scene.  Be prepared for how to handle them.

Terrorist teams are known to pair off in to groups of four(4) to attack different targets at once. Be prepared for multiple groups of threats.

Terrorists always shoot to kill, and generally aim above the hip to shoulder/neck region.  In general; the safest place during a shooting is lying flat on the ground.

Overseas; Most Bullet proof vests are useless against the terrorists preferred weapon the AK-47.  Though vests are Effective against the .38, and 9mm hand weapons. If purchasing a vest, look for Level III+ or Level IV protection.

Be careful in any transmission/tweet/post – the public can be afraid of various word choices, be careful in your word choices and usage.

Watch for actions; “It’s a behavioral thing, not a religious thing”; what you are looking for. It doesn’t matter where the person is from, their look, or their religion, it is what they do and how they do it that matters.

Do not describe any suspect with terms like "red neck", or “middle eastern” or "asian", as you will lose all credibility in your description of someone, use words/descriptors  like "of  light complexion”, or “olive complexion” or “dark complexion”. 
Unless you know for a fact, based on your personal experience from your time in the the deep south of the US, someplace in the Middle East,  or somewhere in Asia that you are identifying the person because of their specific dialect, their characteristic accent, or actual attributes that make them from some place specific based on your judgment, and can pin point that place to someone.  If you do use such a term, back it up with where, what, and why you know.     

Have a Multi-Discipline Assessment Plan. Review it, train on it.  Don't just put it in a binder, and place it on the shelf.