These suggestions are based on my training, experiences and readings.
Suggestions on tactics that one may consider to use against a terror attack/assault with a vehicle in an open outside area.
1. Be aware of your surroundings - think cover and concealment.
2. Know avenues of escape when walking or at a gathering (parade, fairs, concerts, etc).
3. Be aware of areas that a vehicle cannot travel on e.g. steep inclines, hills, natural depressions, street and road construction repair
openings, walkways, etc..
4. Remember some street fixtures such as vehicles, building door ways, benches, street poles, lights, trees, hydrants, etc. These may afford some protection, however that depends entirely on weight, size, type and speed of the vehicle being used and the size of the street fixtures.
5. Be alert to the sound of a vehicle engine with an unusually loud sounding revving/accelerating engine or a vehicle driving at such a high rate of speed. Take note and prepare to take immediate action action.
6. If you can't flee or hide behind a barrier you may consider lying flat to avoid being seen by the operator of the threatening vehicle. He will be most likely looking for people standing and fleeing.
7. If a vehicle is almost on you wait for the last possible moment to jump out of the way. Depending on the experience of the vehicle operator, the speed of the vehicle and the surface of the road it may be difficult for him to turn direction and hit you.
Nothing is a guarantee and when you add to it that t family and friends may be with you it may sound impossible. But think outside the BOX and never give up. Share with family, freinds , colleagues and children who are age appropriate . Remember many terrorist attacks occur on the anniversary date of a previous successful terrorist incident. Listen for Law Enforcement warnings.
Suggestions on tactics one may consider to use against terror attack/assault with a cutting/stabbing weapon.
Only when avoidance by fleeing or hiding in a barricaded position is NOT an option.
1. Carry a legal weapon (licensed handgun, legal size knife, pepper spray)
2. Carry legal items that can be a weapon to defend yourself. Anything you can hit, swing, throw , etc. ( keys, pen, laptop, umbrella, roll of
coins, shoes, belts, etc.) Remember if an attacker is close enough to use a knife you are close enough to use your defensive weapon.
Also use any object that will help keep the attacker away from you.
3. In a office or school environment items that can be a weapon to defend yourself: scissors, letter opener, chairs, desk, desk drawers, any
glass items, lamps, laptop, iPad, cables and wires from computer, etc.
4. In a restaurant or lounge environment items that can be a weapon to defend yourself: , glasses, cups, silverware, plates, chairs, tables,
5. In almost any location items that can be a weapon to defend yourself: fire extinguisher, curtain/drape rods, pictures on wall, shelving etc.
Keep the assailants/attacker on the defense and hopefully injure him enough to cease the attack. Think outside the BOX. Share with family, friends , colleagues and children who are age appropriate .
FYI an excellent web site : https://www.nctc.gov/site/index.html