Sun. Apr 21st, 2019

What to do during a terrorist attack

Dusit Hotel Terrorist Attack

In the wake of the January 15th 2018 terrorist attack on Dusit D2 Hotel in Nairobi’s 14 Riverside Drive, Westlands, it is important to understand what the general public needs to do during a terrorist attack. According to UK’s National Counter Terrorism Security Office (Nactso), members of the public who get caught up in a terrorist incident are supposed to ‘run, hide and tell.’


“Run to a place of safety. This is a far better option than to surrender or negotiate,” Nactso say.

  • Escape if you can.
  • Consider the safest options.
  • Is there a safe route? RUN if not HIDE.
  • Can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?
  • Insist others leave with you.
  • Leave belongings behind.


“It’s better to hide than to confront. Remember to turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can,” the advice says.

  • If you cannot RUN, HIDE.
  • Find cover from gunfire.
  • If you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you.
  • Cover from view does not mean you are safe, bullets go through glass, brick, wood and metal.
  • Find cover from gunfire e.g. substantial brickwork / heavy reinforced walls.
  • Be aware of your exits.
  • Try not to get trapped.
  • Be quiet, silence your phone and turn off vibrate.
  • Lock / barricade yourself in.
  • Move away from the door.

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Tell the police by calling 999/911

  • Call 999 – What do the police need to know? If you cannot speak or make a noise listen to the instructions given to you by the call taker.
  • Location – Where are the suspects?
  • Direction – Where did you last see the suspects?
  • Descriptions – Describe the attacker, numbers, features, clothing, weapons etc.
  • Further information – Casualties, type of injury, building information, entrances, exits, hostages etc.
  • Stop other people entering the building if it is safe to do so.
  • Use social media to spread the news.

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