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SPG 013: How to Avoid Being a Victim of Terrorism

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Just this past week we witnessed another horrific terrorist attack in England.  We continue to see this as becoming more of a threat to our society.  In this episode, we are going to talk about how to avoid becoming a victim of terrorism.

How to Avoid Being a Victim of Terrorism

Develop your situational awareness

  • stay aware of suspicious objects and people
  • watch for unattended bags or parcels
  • Nowhere the exits are at all times no matter where you are going
  • it is good if you can get a seat facing the entrance so that you can see who is going in and out

Avoid the crowd

  • terrorist target locations that are highly populated because it can have a bigger effect
  • you will never see a terrorist attack in a small town of 100 hundred people
  • Avoid public transit as these are common targets for terrorists
  • I understand that you can’t live life as a hermit
  • However, if you spend more time going out to these potentials targets then the likelihood is greater for you than someone who visits occasionally.
  • At the same time, visiting less often doesn’t guarantee that you can’t be a victim
  • it just lowers the likelihood
  • if you must go to these locations then get in and out asap

Avoid gun free zones

  • terrorists and mass shooters always search for soft targets
  • these targets are easy to hit without any fight
  • that is why most terrorist attacks that happen occur in gun free zones like bars, concerts, schools, etc

Do the research

  • don’t rely on the government to produce you with a terrorist threat warning
  • these types of warning systems have never work and have never accurately predicted a potential attack
  • you need to conduct a threat assessment of where you live and travel
  • could these locations be potential targets?
  • again, terrorists typically target the bigger crowd but they also look for symbolic targets such as the twin towers on 9-11
  • in your research, you should identify how often your location has been terrorized before

Identify safe zones before traveling overseas

  • stay in American chain hotels as they typically have tighter security
  • Identify the local embassy that you can flee too if you are in trouble
  • never stay at a hotel overseas with an underground parking lot because terrorists love car bombs

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Aaron is the founder of Smart Prepper Gear which is a blog dedicated to helping people prepare the smart way now so that they can thrive later. He has been involved with preparedness since 2009 after feeling the effects of the financial crisis that affected most of the country. Aaron also volunteers with CERT (community emergency response team), ARC (Amateur Radio Club), Red Cross and currently studying to be a certified NRA instructor.