Marauding Terrorist Attacks

Marauding terrorist attacks are fast-moving, violent incidents where assailants move through a location aiming to find and kill or injure as many people as possible. Most deaths occur within the first few minutes of the attack, before police are able to respond.

It is more important than ever that your organisation is aware of the heightened risks and adequately prepared for any potential attack.

New and detailed guidance is now available providing details of the simple measures that can be taken to minimise the impact of an attack and help save lives. This new guidance builds on the principles of RUN, HIDE, TELL published by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office.

Marauding terrorist attacks: Making your organisation ready discusses how your organisation can recognise an attack, take immediate action and facilitate the police. It is most relevant to office buildings, including multiple tenancy buildings. However, the principles of the advice can be usefully applied to all types of locations including cinemas, hotels, hospitals, schools, shopping areas, shopping centres, stadiums, theatres, temporary event venues and transport hubs.

Is your organisation ready NOW?

Lives will be saved through planning and rehearsing. It is your responsibility to ensure that your organisation is appropriately prepared in the event of an attack.

Can you answer these questions?

  • Have you got a plan?
    • Is it up to date?
    • Who owns it?
    • Has it been tested?
  • Are your security team trained and capable?
  • Do personnel know how to respond?
  • How do you work with your key partners?

Make sure you have the answers!

Make your organisation ready

Make sure you have considered the following in your preparations:

  • Appoint and empower an individual to direct your preparations with accountability at the highest level of your organisation
  • Plan across internal business areas and ideally with emergency services
  • Work with landlords and neighbours to coordinate your response; share preparation effort and receive warning of an attack before it reaches you
  • Develop response plans that define clear roles and responsibilities
  • Train staff and personnel to perform key tasks under pressure
  • Know what RUN, HIDE, TELL means in the context of your organisation
  • Provide signage, accessible hiding places and optimise technical capabilities
  • Test, refine and rehearse your response
  • Make provisions for recovery
  • Using announcements makes a difference. Decide how to use them to alert personnel and public

Further advice

For further information please contact your CPNI adviser, your local police force Counter Terrorism Security Adviser or a CPNI recognised security professional.

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