Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Terror attack in Brussels: 5 things to learn from it

Today we saw yet again another terror attack, this time in Brussels. A bomb in the airport, at the check in of American Airlines. Another bomb exploded in the subway, at rush hour.
These terror attack aren’t likely to stop any more than we are likely to stop the next mass shooting. As long our political leaders avoid making the harder choices, this will continue.
What can we do about it? Well, what we always do. Prepare.
A few things came to mind as I watched the images of today’s attack and it reminded me of other similar situations, other terror attacks or mass shootings.
1)Watching the footage of people walking out of those dark subway tunnels, I imagined how useful a good flashlight would have been. That’s why we carry an EDC light.
2)The smoke and debris after the explosion and people covering their faces, I was reminded of the importance of making your sun glasses also your safety glasses, capable of protecting your eyes like the Wiley X Revolvers I use all the time.
3)Particles in the air also make it difficult to breathe.  It also shows how useful a respirator would have been. Carry one in your EDC kit.
4)People with awful wounds and amputations due to the explosions, it was easy to see how people could have used a CAT tourniquet or Celox gauze.
5)While we shouldn’t live in fear because of terrorists, these attacks do occur in key cities such as nation capitals. Avoiding these greatly reduces your chances of becoming a terror attack victim.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.


Anonymous said...

A bandanna would accomplish a few of the listed items. As a kerchief to filter inhaled products, a bandage for injuries for example.

Good point made about avoiding famous sites. Not many people will bomb a tortillera, for example, they want landmarks that everyone knows.

Thank you Ferfal for your post.

Unknown said...

I have prescription sunglasses using Bouton welding safety glasses frames. They have wire mesh sideshields so you can use peripheral vision.