Preparing Ourselves For A Terrorist Attack

by Patrick Liew on April 19, 2016

While it’s important to have an effective Home Team and the SAF to defend Singapore against a terrorist attack, our defence is only as good as the readiness of the last person on the street to prevent, respond to, and recover from such an attack

Perhaps we need to develop a checklist of key questions to help individuals, families, groups and organisations design a crisis-response plan that will be relevant to and effective for their homes, jobs, workplaces and situations.

The quality of our defence against the new threat depends very much on the quality of questions that we pose to ourselves and our responses to these questions.

For example, how should we take responsibility for our own security when we are in Singapore or overseas?

How should we stay vigilant in reporting suspicious activities and preventing terrorist attacks?
How should we prepare emergency kits and store these kits at an appropriate place and use them during a crisis?

How should realistic practices be carried out so that we are operationally-ready and confident in managing a crisis and in taking appropriate protective measures?

How should we shut down any damaged equipment and utilities so that they will not pose any risk or danger to our people and the environment?

How should we continue to live normally and pursue the joy of life without falling into a state of unhealthy fear and paranoia?

How should we ensure that there will not be any confusion, anxiety, and conflict among us that will affect our unity as a people, regardless of race, language and religion?
How should we ensure healthy and regular communication so that there will not be any unnecessary fear and hindrance to proper crisis management?

As social media can spread real and perceived news faster than mainstream media, how should we contain negative publicity in a proactive way?

How should we be trained to look after each other and provide first aid and other assistance to victims of an attack?

How should we check on and look after our neighbours, especially those who are sick, elderly, or physically challenged?

How should we confine, protect and secure our pets and other animals?

How should we marry up with our loved ones in a safe location should we be separated during an attack?

The sooner we bring our people up to speed in responding to a potential crisis, the stronger will be our total defence and attack against current and future terrorists.


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