Thursday, August 17, 2017

New terror attack in Barcelona: 5 easy tips to Remember

You probably know by now that a van plowed into the crowd on Las Ramblas avenue in Barcelona, killing 13 and injuring 100 people.

As soon as I heard about the attack I called my brother who was visiting family in Barcelona. Fortunately he left yesterday, a day earlier than expected. He had been thinking of staying another day. He easily could have been caught walking La Rambla if they had stayed another day.
Another terrorist attack, another lunatic picking a big vehicle and just mowing people.

What can you do?
You can’t do much to stop these events because cars are readily available and it takes very little research to figure out the most packed locations.
You can do something about letting known terrorist out and about. You can deport know radicals rather than give them some slack and just hope they don’t murder innocent people.
Above all, you can remove every single mosque that doesn’t publicly condemn these attacks and cooperates with authorities 100%. The number of imams that refuse to do so is astonishing and getting rid of those would be a big step forward in getting rid of their most visible and obvious indoctrination centres. It seems though that not enough blood has been spilled to overcome political correctness.
What can you do on a more personal level?

1)Know where they attack. They usually go for high profile targets. Large, emblematic cities, attacking in their centres.

2)Avoid these potential targets, especially at time of peak activity with target rich locations. Concerts, festivals, peak holyday season. Wherever you have a lot of people packed together, that’s an ideal target for a terrorist. I’m not saying not to live your life, just understand the risks when it comes to terrorists.

3)Awareness. Mind your surroundings. Look ahead of you and behind you. What’s going on 100 yards ahead and 100 yards behind. LISTEN. This is usually a great indicator of trouble. Shots fired, screams. In my experience you usually hear trouble before you see it.

4)Take action. Avoid being the deer caught in the headlights. When you see, listen or feel something is wrong, do something. In most cases that “something” should be start moving towards a safer direction, either getting behind cover, avoiding a speeding vehicle or attacker heading towards you.

5) Carry your EDC kit, especially a first aid kit in your EDC bag when at high risk locations as the ones mentioned above. Celox gauze, a tourniquet. Add a blow out kit if you got trainning on how to use it. Don’t forget your EDC, a knife can be used to cut open clothes, remove cords or clothes or seatbelts wrapped around people’s neck. Heck, I used my knife today to help out a baby girl in the street (more on this tomorrow) Where and when legal, you should carry your CCW too.

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”


Unknown said...

I've been following your blog for years and bought your book soon after it was released. I saw this post about the situation in Venezuela and thought about your post regarding your college professor who describes the destruction of Argentina's middle class in 2002. It looks like this is far worse:


Anonymous said...

So relieved you and your family are safe. You guys were the first ones I thought of when I heard the news. Sure you will be criticized for your politically incorrect suggestions. Ignore it!!! I remember your comment about people being "so open-minded their brains fell out" made years ago. That's what is happening in the states. Anything anyone says in US is criticized (offensive, racist, biased-- called a Nazi). Just a way to try to intimidate and achieve political power. Our media is the worst. CNN is awful and puts their false stories out to the entire world. Media giants like NBC and CBS which we grew up taking as gospel now are presenting news to get ratings and influence elections. Please note our "polls" before elections are almost always wrong so daily polls are probably wrong too. Most Americans are good people trying their best to raise families and contribute to their communities. Their opposition to terrorism comes from the pain of 9/11 and old fashioned common sense, not bigotry.
We must stay informed and cautious and aware of world events. Thank you for contributing to that goal. Please God keep the internet free but even that is being censored. Our U.S. Constitution is an excellent form of government but many are trying to turn it into a suicide pact. People have the right to speak freely but not "shout fire in a crowded theater".

Our heart aches for the people of Spain. You are all in our prayers. Be vigilant. Stay safe.

Prayers go out to the people of Spain. Be vigilant.

Max said...

Thank you very much for this post, just what I was looking for. I will keep your tips in mind.

Unfortunately, European politicians are not willing to do anything to stop these attacks from happening - many are even openly saying that we need to "learn to live" with terrorism, and the rest just don't care.

I will definitely plan my trips to big cities in such a way as to avoid large avenues and fall back on small side streets as much as possible. And keep my eyes and ears peeled. I have also added a couple of tourniquets to my EDC and I have learned how to use them.

I had a couple questions if you don't mind. Do you know what kind of injuries are most prevalent in vehicle attacks? Do you think that wearing a bicycle or scooter helmet would significantly improve chances of survival?

Thank you, and stay safe. I've been reading and enjoying your content for years. I reread Surviving the Economic Collapse from time to time and it's always a great read! Take care,


Anonymous said...

Yes, especially #3 and #4. If possible, already have a map of your locations quick exit routes. Know key phrases in that countries language. Play the 'What Would I Do If ----' game, having a plan of action just in case.

Our prayers that terrorists become discouraged and stop their actions. But I'm not holding my breath.

Thank you Ferfal for the post - I'm glad your brother and family is okay.