Mass Attacks in Crowded & Public Spaces

Posted by Christopher Wood on

While the threat of mass attacks is real, we can all take steps to prepare, protect ourselves, and help others.

What are Mass Attacks?
Use weapons to attack crowds
Target less protected indoor or outdoor spaces
Intend to harm multiple victims
Use the attack(s) to intimidate
Can use makeshift or modern weapons

Types of Mass Attacks
Active shooter: Individuals using firearms to cause mass casualties.
Intentional Vehicular Assault (IVA): Individuals using a vehicle to cause mass casualties.
Improvised Explosive Device (IED): Individuals using homemade bombs to cause mass casualties.
Other methods of mass attacks may include knives, fires, drones, or other weapons.

Protect Yourself Against a Mass Attack
Stay alert
Seek safety
Cover and hide
Defend yourself
Help the wounded

If You See Something, Say Something®
Report suspicious behavior, items, or activities to authorities.

Observe warning signs
Signs might include unusual or violent communications, expressed anger or intent to cause harm, and substance abuse. These warning signs may increase over time.

Be alert to your surroundings
Observe what is going on around you and avoid distractions such as texting, listening to headphones or being on your cell phone.

Have an exit plan
Identify exits and areas of protective cover for the places you go such as work, school, and special events.

Plan to seek cover for protection
Map out places to seek cover. Place a barrier between yourself and the threat using solid objects, walls, and locked doors as protection.

Learn lifesaving skills
Take trainings such as Immediate Action Medical from and or first aid classes to assist the wounded before help arrives.

When law enforcement arrives
Remain calm and follow instructions.
Keep hands visible and empty.
Report to designated area to provide information and get help.


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