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Terrorist attacks – advice

A terrorist attack may target the general public, but also symbolic targets or individuals. Here are some general recommendations in the event of a terrorist attack.


Get yourself to safety. Leave the site as soon and as safely as possible, and avoid crowds.

Seek protection

If you’re unable to leave the area, find a place that you deem to be safe and provides you with protection. Pay attention to what you see and hear, and try to stay calm.

Put your mobile phone on silent and deactivate vibration. Do not call anyone who may be in the risk zone – an incoming ringtone could disclose their location.

Call the police

Call the police on 112. The police will need to know; the location, what has happened, how many perpetrators you have seen, what weapons they are using, what they look like, and where you last saw them.

Warn anyone else who is in danger and help them if needed.

Also remember

Do not call using your mobile phone unless you have to. If the network is over-burdened, critical calls might not get through.

Always follow instruction from the police, emergency services and other authorities.

Do not share unconfirmed information online or in any other way.

When the police arrive, it may be hard for them to immediately distinguish between perpetrators and victims – be sure not to be holding anything in your hands.

Be prepared for further attacks.

Make it a habit to take note of emergency exits.

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