How to be prepared in the event of a terrorist attack?

Recent events in the UK and around the world remind us all of the terrorist threat we face, which in the UK is considered as ‘SEVERE’, meaning an attack is highly likely. Police and security agencies are working tirelessly to protect the public but it is also important that communities remain vigilant and aware of how to protect themselves if the need arises.

The four minute film, Stay Safe: Firearms and Weapons Attack sets out three key steps for keeping safe.

The film is accompanied by an online information leaflet. Download & print the leaflet by clicking on this link. Be sure to post the leaflet around the office to ensure staff are aware of what they need to do in the event of a firearms or weapons attack.

The public should not be alarmed by this step. While the general level of threat to the UK is SEVERE, the probability of being caught up in a firearms or weapons attack is very, very small. However, it is important the public know what to do in the event of getting caught up in such an incident.

Security Guidelines To Help Protect Your Organisation

The following protective security points provide a guidance for businesses when evaluating their security measures. Whether creating, reviewing or updating security plans, keep these points in mind:

  • Conduct a risk assessment to decide on the threats the organisation might face and their likelihood. Identify existing and potential vulnerabilities and the impact of any breaches of security.
  • If acquiring or extending premises, consider security requirements right from the planning stage. It will be cheaper and more effective than adding measures later.
  • Make security awareness a part of the organisation’s culture.
  • Ensure staff are kept regularly informed and that security standards are fully supported at a senior level.
  • Ensure good basic housekeeping throughout the premises. Keep public areas tidy and well-lit, remove unnecessary furniture and keep garden areas clear.
  • Keep access points to a minimum and issue staff and visitors with passes. Where possible, do not allow unauthorised vehicles close to the building.
  • Consider how best to protect information and take proper IT security precautions.
  • Plan and rehearse business continuity and incident response plans, make sure that key business functions can continue during disruptions
  • When recruiting staff or contractors, check identities and follow up references.
  • Install appropriate physical measures such as locks, alarms, CCTV surveillance, complementary lighting and glazing protection.
ACT Awareness eLearning

ACT Awareness eLearning is a new CT awareness product designed for all UK based companies and organisations. ACT Awareness eLearning will provide nationally accredited corporate CT guidance to help industry better understand, and mitigate against, current terrorist methodology.

The following eLearning Modules are available:

  1. Introduction to Terrorism
  2. Identifying Security Vulnerabilities
  3. How to Identify and Respond to Suspicious Behaviour
  4. How to Identify and Deal with a Suspicious Item
  5. What to do in the Event of a Bomb Threat
  6. How to Respond to a Firearms or Weapons attack
  7. Summary and Supporting Materials

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