How do you survive a Terrorist attack ?



All intelligence suggests that sooner or later there will be a marauding terrorist attack in the UK with a likelihood of mass casualties. Current advice from the Police in the UK tells us that we should Run, Hide and Tell and await Police rescue.If you cannot Run and have to Hide in a safe place you will need to know some basic skills in order to Survive. Lord Toby Harris, in his recent report for the Mayor of London entitled “London – Preparedness to respond to a Major Terrorist Event”  makes it quite clear that organisations with Security and Operations staff should train and equip them in

  • what to do and
  • how to do it in the event of a major terrorist attack.


How long will I wait for Police rescue? 

Rescue will be a long time coming. In the Paris Bataclan Theatre attack, hostages waited some 3 hours for Police to enter the theatre and begin rescuing them. During this time, they were at the mercy of the attackers who inflicted death and serious injuries on those people they found.

In the Orlando Pulse Nightclub attack, it took over 5 hours for Police tactical teams to start rescuing people trapped inside the club toilets.

The recent ‘Lone wolf’ vehicle and weapons’ attacks in Berlin and Istanbul were committed even though Police and Security forces were nearby and people still died from their injuries.

The inquest into the beach and hotel attacks in Sousse, Tunisia in which 30 Britons were killed revealed that local Police deliberately failed to attend and engage the attacker claiming they were outgunned. It was left to unarmed civilians to chase and try to distract the terrorist.

What are the types of serious injuries most likely to occur?

In all these types of terrorist attack, around 67% of casualties suffered life threatening injuries, including:

  • Catastrophic bleeding from wounds caused by gunshots
  • Catastrophic bleeding from wounds caused by edged weapons
  • Penetrating wounds to the chest

What do I need to do to survive?

We know it’s going to happen at some point. The authorities have told us to plan and prepare for when it does. The Police, Ambulance and Fire & Rescue services are already equipping their staff with new, upgraded equipment to treat catastrophic bleeding. Yo

The problem is that it will take the Police several hours to rescue hostages from a ‘Hot Zone’ and in the meantime casualties with catastrophic bleeding will be losing blood fast.

Unless casualties receive IMMEDIATE CARE and TREATMENT from others inside the ‘Hot Zone’, they will certainly DIE from major blood loss.

January 2017 saw the launch of the CitizenAid app which gives people information on simple life saving skills for use in a terrorist attack.

Businesses and organisations now need to look at equipping their venues with proper and relative Emergency Grab Bags containing similar advanced first aid equipment as issued to the emergency services including

  • Tourniquets
  • Blood clotting agents
  • Trauma bandages
  • Chest seals

What training is available ?

Watching awareness videos and taking part in table top exercises is not enough to safely respond to an incident. Individuals, especially those working in high-risk public venues like

  • Shopping centres
  • Hotels and Beaches
  • Transport hubs
  • Pubs and Clubs
  • Sports stadia
  • Schools
  • Places of Worship

need to learn and practice terrorist attack survival skills.

At Salvas, we’ve worked with partners Primus in the UK and ACI in the USA in preparing a

half -day practical skills training workshop for staff entitled

Run Hide Survive™.

The programme is based on learning from similar attacks throughout the world and created by experts from backgrounds in :

  • Police – Tactical
  • Military – Specialist
  • Medicine – Consultant
  • Security – Close protection
  • Risk Management
  • Health and Safety


During the half-day workshop delegates learn how to survive a terrorist attack using the contents of the Emergency Grab Bag to

  • Escape safely from a premises
  • Lockdown and secure rooms
  • Treat catastrophic bleeding using -Tourniquets, Blood clotting agents and Trauma bandages
  • Tactically Communicate with Police and other Emergency responders
  • Understand the Law on Self-defence
  • Support colleagues after a traumatic event

We’ve also created 2 sizes of rugged ‘Emergency Grab Bags’ which are designed and manufactured in the UK, containing quality

  • Escape tools
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Traumatic Bleeding control kit

and which can be stored in venues and easily deployed by trained staff when needed.

RunHideSurvive Red Coloured Emergency Grab Bag carried over shoulder by security officer

Contact us now for more information and a quick quotation for training in surviving a terrorist attack

T: 0141 611 9610

Michael Greville

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