Asked what she would do in the case of a terrorist attack, Margaret Anjili is hesitant to answer as her face turns pale, maybe visualizing a bloody ordeal most Kenyans dread to talk about following previous terrorist attacks on our soil.
In the past, members of the public have found themselves between a rock and a hard place at the sound of a blast, with most of them not knowing what to do and some opting to run towards the scene of attack. The latter is however completely unacceptable since militia groups have taken advantage of the act before by launching double attacks.
There is definitely no blueprint guide to ensure safety but tactical measures have proven to be effective during terrorist attacks world over; Run, Fight or Run, a slogan known as R.H.F. All three of them have been used depending on the nature attack.
The tactical measure used when it is best suit for the victim advices that the subject run away from source of trouble. Many a times, victims will automatically run for their belongings may it be valuables or luggage. Your expensive handbag or phone should however be least of your priorities at this time of injury. Looking for a safe exit is advised and as much as broadcasting the event live on social media or stopping to alert family members would seem like the right thing to do, victims are advised against it. Victims should assist others in escaping only if they are in a position to.
Most attacks are usually ambushes and running might not come as an option at the time. The place of attack might also be closed and the attackers would most likely seal exists. First off, switch your phone off or have it on silent mode to avoid attracting the terrorists towards your direction. In a situation where babies are present, it is advisable to soothe them to stop them from crying. Hiding behind larger objects would be the only option in this case considering you are not sure of the number of the attackers or the situation outside. You can alert the authorities only if it is safe to do so but most importantly, ensure you keep calm and advise other hostages to do so.
Sometimes, desperate situations call for desperate measures and in this case, fighting would be the go to measure. Most of the victims might lack skill in fighting the enemy but that does not mean they should surrender, experts advice you improvise weapons from within your surroundings it could be a fire extinguisher, chairs, brooms etc. Be physically aggressive and try to incapacitate the attacker. Hostages are also advised to support each other in fighting the attackers.
DO NOT BE THE VICTIM!