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Bombs: Stay Alert and Stay Safe

Updated on January 24, 2016
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Be bomb aware

For most of my adult life I lived in Britain. On the surface this seems like a safe place to live but for many years there was always the threat of terrorism. In England's case it was from the IRA (Irish Republican Army). Now the threat comes from other places including 'home grown terrorists'. I am not going to speak of politics and the reasons behind the bombs, I am going to help you as an individual stay safe by giving you advice on things to look out for.

By being alert and having an action plan, you can carry on your life as normal whilst keeping you and your family safe.

Seal all trash cans
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Bombs in trash cans

This is an obvious place to put a bomb. Who looks for anything suspicious in a trash can? No one! When I was in England, I went to the Opening of Parliament which the Queen of England attends. The security in London was extreme and one of the things the police did, was seal all the public trash cans. This ensured that no bomb could be placed inside without detection. It is much easier to clean up the small amount of trash after the event is over.

Suspicious bags
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Unaccompanied bags

You may have heard announcements in the airports about not leaving your bag or cases unattended. The reason of course is the threat of a bomb. In Britain, this level of security is always expected in stores, restaurants and railways stations as well. In fact, anywhere where there are people there are normally signs posted to be aware of unaccompanied bags.

If you see one, tell a member of staff in whichever premises you are in. If you are on the street, telephone the police from a safe distance.

In England I worked at a retail outlet where I was a store trainer. One of the areas I would instruct managers in was what to do if there was a potential threat such as an explosive device. They would evacuate the store through one of the many fire exits that were away from the suspected device.

All of the staff, were trained every 6 months what to do in the event of a fire and how to safely evacuate customers.

The police and fire department would be called to handle the potential threat before anyone would be allowed to return to the building. Although a nuisance to a busy day, everyone understood the reasons behind it.

One of my nephews forgot his school bag in a train station. The alert was sounded and the fire department was called. Using a water cannon they eliminate what could have been a potential explosive device. In the end, my nephew was spoken to by the fire department about the seriousness of the situation.

Potential letter bomb
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Suspected mail bomb

Another item we trained office staff and managers in was what to look for in packages delivered through the mail or from a courier. If any packages had something protruding from the envelope or was something out of the ordinary, this was treated with suspicion.

Although people receive junk mail, unordered packages should be treated with caution.

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Safety as an individual

What can you do as an individual to keep you and your family safe?

  • Find out what type of security plans your city has in place for various events. Plan your activities to those you feel safe attending.
  • When you enter a building such as a store, locate other exits than just the door you came in. These will have signs in place.
  • Be alert for unaccompanied bags or backpacks.
  • Learn basic first aid.
  • Be aware of unusual behavior of people.
  • Contact numbers. If there is a major emergency, normally out of town numbers will be the ones to be restored first. Have an out of state contact for you and your family to phone. They can relay messages as to the whereabouts and safety of other members of your family or group.
  • At work, keep a pair of walking shoes just in case public transportation is disrupted.

Business manager or owner

As a manager or an owner of a business you have the obligation to train your staff on how to deal not just with customers but what to do in an emergency.

This could be necessary if there is a fire, explosion, or even a robbery. A bit of forward planning will help you put measures into place that show you have shown due diligence in protecting not just your staff but the customers and the premises as well.

Emergency training at work

In your place of business have you received instruction on what to do in an emergency?

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    • torrilynn profile image

      torrilynn 4 years ago


      you are more than welcome!

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Torrilynn,

      It is a shame that we are made to feel like prisoners in our own home because of a fear that something may happen.

      Public events have now changed from a happy gathering of people to a potential target.

      Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @BlondLogic I feel that knowing the best resources and ways to keep your family safe is always great. in this day and age, it seems to be getting really dangerous and unsafe for families even when kids are going to school or simply playing in your front yard. Voted up and shared!

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      Mary Wickison 5 years ago from Brazil

      Hello Pagesvoice,

      I would hope that now, in the light of potential threats, businesses will reevaluate their procedures.

      Thank you for your thoughts on this topic.

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      Dennis L. Page 5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Thank you for lending your personal experience on being aware of one's surroundings in a dangerous world.

      Years ago I worked in a 19 story office building and we would occasionally have bomb threats. Fortunately, nothing bad ever happened, but I did have a certain uneasiness with my company's cavalier attitude. You see, we would be instructed to simply check our individual work areas and then it would be back to business as usual.

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      Mary Wickison 5 years ago from Brazil

      Hello Gags3480

      Thank you for your comment and vote. Enjoy your weekend.

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      GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA 5 years ago from Kanpur, India

      Nice hub, which everyone should read.

      Voted up & shared.

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      Mary Wickison 5 years ago from Brazil

      Thank you for your comment. I hope that through being aware of potential security risks we can deter this type of thing happening again.

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      Doodlehead 5 years ago from Northern California

      Yes ---this is not fun to consider. Thank you for the tips on bags and trash cans and just being aware. Very excellent advice.

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      Mary Wickison 5 years ago from Brazil

      It is a frightening topic. No one wants to think that something like this can happen where you live or visit. In Britain, they got on with their lives but still remain vigilant for danger.

      Thank you for your comment.

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      Heidi Thorne 5 years ago from Chicago Area

      The video makes it all too real! Thanks for sharing these important tips.