Travel Safety Alert: Active Shooters in SYL Hotel, Mogadishu Somalia

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.

Afterwards:

  • 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.

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