Updated: Mar 5, 2021
There has been a report of an ongoing terorist attack inside the SYL Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia. For those in the hotel if you are reading tweets and need any advice; you will need to decide what actions are appropriate based on your circumstances:
Look for two nearest exits anywhere you go and have an escape path in mind. Identify places you could hide.
Understand the plans for individuals with disabilities or other access / functional needs
During the attack
See something, say something!
Run and escape if possible
Leave belongings behind
Help others escape, if possible. But evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow.
Warns others and prevent them entering areas where the active shooters may be.
If you can and it is safe to do so try to get a photo of the terrorist. Inform the Police / Military; describe shooter, location and weapons
HIDE if escape is not possible
Get out of view and stay very quiet
Switch off mobile devices including vibrate alerts
Lock and bolt doors, close blinds. Turn off lights
Don’t hide in groups, spread out to make it more difficult for the shooter.
Try to communicate silently with Police. Use Text. Put a sign in a window
Stay in place until Police give the ‘all clear’
FIGHT like a demon as a last resort.
Commit totally and be very aggressive. You are fighting for your life!
Ambushing the shooter together with makeshift weapons such as chairs, fire extinguishers, scissors, and books can distract and disarm the shooter.
Keep hands visible and empty.
Know that law enforcement’s first task is to end the incident. They may have to pass injured persons along the way.
Follow law enforcement’s instructions and evacuate in the direction they tell you to.
Consider seeking professional help for you and your family to cope with the long-term effects of trauma.