Schools, offices and hospitals told to rehearse terrorism response

Derrick Santistevan

Schools, offices, hospitals and other public locations must rehearse their response to terrorist attacks, the federal government states.

After recently’s stabbings in Reading, which eliminated 3 people, the Office has actually republished earlier recommendations on getting ready for “marauding terror attacks”.

A recommendations pamphlet released by the national counter-terrorism security office on the website states the attacks are “fast-moving and violent” with opponents moving through a place intending to hurt or eliminate as many individuals as possible prior to authorities can reach the scene.

It includes: “Defending your organisation against a marauding terrorist attack is undoubtedly a challenging task… However, with well-developed procedures, security systems, training and rehearsal, lives can be saved.”

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The pamphlet was first prepared in 2017 and 2018 however was republished after Home Secretary Priti Patel cautioned recently that the danger from ‘lone-wolf’ terrorists was increasing.

It includes recommendations such as preventing the word “firearm” in public statements as it might be misheard as “fire alarm”.

It suggests text messaging and mobile phone apps to raise the alarm and states cautions of a “security incident” can be inadequate.

“Rehearsing the response to a marauding terrorist attack is the only way to ensure that the procedures and technical systems function as expected and to highlight areas for improvement,” the recommendations states.

“You can go so far with briefing documents, videos and lectures but when you put these people into safe and managed stress test situations that’s where you start to see the real benefit of a full rehearsal,” the pamphlet includes.

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