Anti Terrorist Precautions
by Chris Roberts
In response to acts of aggression against the United States, Compass Security is taking several
immediate steps to enhance the security of all our clients, client properties
Above all,we suggest that your people be properly briefed on these and any other added
security precautions you may elect to take.
Avoid Panic and Minimize Business Disruption
Elect responsible staff members to calmly communicate safety measures and precautions
to all staff. Panic and disorganization of business and communications is by
far the greatest harm caused by acts of terrorism and should be avoided as much
Review Evacuation Procedures escape routes, and all alarm systems.
Be on the Alert for:
Improperly Parked Vehicles.
We ask for your cooperation with our officers in their support of city officials by
immediately reporting any cars parked illegally or otherwise abandoned
near office buildings. Report but DO NOT APPROACH.
Abandoned Packages especially near elevators. Report but DO NOT APPROACH.
Suspicious behavior, from individuals to vehicles. Report but DO NOT APPROACH.
The following detailed Guidelines are adapted from those provided by the
Federal Emergency Management Agency:
BEFORE AN ATTACK
1. Learn about the nature of terrorism.
2. Learn about the different types of terrorist weapons including kamikaze vehicles, explosives,
kidnappings, hijackings, arson, and shootings.
- Terrorists often choose targets that offer little danger to themselves and areas with relatively easy public access.
- Foreign terrorists look for visible targets, with high
"shock" impact potential, where they can also avoid detection
before or after an attack such as international airports, large cities,
major international events, resorts, federal and government buildings,
schools, and high-profile landmarks.
3. Prepare to deal with a terrorist incident by adapting many of the same techniques used to prepare for
4. Prepare for a Building Explosion.
- Be alert and aware of the surrounding area. The very nature of terrorism suggests that there may be little or no warning.
- Take precautions when traveling. Be aware of conspicuous or unusual behavior. Do not accept packages from strangers. Do
not leave luggage unattended.
- Learn where emergency exists are located. Think ahead about how to evacuate a building, subway or congested public area in a
hurry. Learn where staircases are located.
- Notice your immediate surroundings. Be aware of heavy
or breakable objects that could move, fall or break in an explosion.
The use of explosives by terrorists can result in collapsed buildings and
fires. People who live or work in a multi-level building can do the following:
5. Know How to Handle Bomb Threats.
- Review emergency evacuation procedures. Know where fire exits are located.
- Keep fire extinguishers in working order. Know where they are located, and how to use them. Learn first aid. Contact the local
chapter of the American Red Cross for additional information.
- Keep the following items in a designated place on each
floor of the building:
Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries.
Several flashlights and extra batteries.
First aid kit and manual.
Several hard hats.
Fluorescent tape to rope off dangerous areas.
If you receive a bomb threat, get as much information from the caller as
possible. Keep the caller on the line and record everything that is said.
Notify the police, building security and building management.
After you've been notified of a bomb threat, do not touch any suspicious packages. Clear the area around
the suspicious package and notify the police immediately. In evacuating a
building, avoid standing in front of windows or other potentially hazardous
areas. Do not restrict sidewalk or streets to be used by emergency officials.
DURING AN ATTACK
In a building explosion, get out of the building as quickly and calmly as possible.
If items are falling off of bookshelves or from the ceiling, get under a sturdy table or desk. If there is a fire:
- Stay low to the floor and exit the building as quickly
- Cover nose and mouth with a wet cloth.
- When approaching a closed door, use the palm of your
hand and forearm to feel the lower, middle and upper parts of the door. If
it is not hot, brace yourself against the door and open it slowly. If it
is hot to the touch, do not open the door--seek an alternate escape route.
- Heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling. Stay below the smoke at all times.
If you are trapped in debris:
- Use a flashlight.
- Stay in your area so that you don't kick up dust. Cover
your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing.
- Tap on a pipe or wall so that rescuers can hear where
you are. Use a whistle if one is available. Shout only as a last
resort--shouting can cause a person to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.
- Untrained persons should not attempt to rescue people who are inside a collapsed building. Wait for emergency personnel
Chemical agents are poisonous gases, liquids or solids that have toxic effects
on people, animals or plants. Most chemical agents cause serious injuries or
Severity of injuries depends on the type and amount of the chemical agent used, and the duration of
Were a chemical agent attack to occur, authorities would instruct citizens to either seek shelter
where they are and seal the premises or evacuate immediately. Exposure to
chemical agents can be fatal. Leaving the shelter to rescue or assist victims
can be a deadly decision. There is no assistance that the untrained can offer
that would likely be of any value to the victims of chemical agents.
Biological agents are organisms or toxins that have illness-producing effects
on people, livestock and crops.
Because biological agents cannot necessarily be detected and may take time to grow and cause a disease,
it is almost impossible to know that a biological attack has occurred. If
government officials become aware of a biological attack through an informant
or warning by terrorists, they would most likely instruct citizens to either
seek shelter where they are and seal the premises or evacuate immediately.
A person affected by a biological agent requires the immediate attention of professional medical
personnel. Some agents are contagious, and victims may need to be quarantined.
Also, some medical facilities may not receive victims for fear of contaminating
the hospital population.
For additional information and subsequent precautions, Compass Security offers the
Please contact Compass directly for any advice regarding implementation of added
security measures such as perimeter monitoring and facility parking controls,
lighting, physical barriers and closed circuit television monitoring, added
security at entrances and exits, employee and visitor identification, and the
operation of day care centers, closed-circuit television, intrusion-detection
systems, x-ray screening of mail, shatter-proof glass installation on exterior
Compass officers are also available to brief you and your employees directly should you