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Japanese artist draws infographic of strategies learned in U.S. to survive a terrorist attack

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By Scott Wilson, RocketNews24

For a long time, Japan thought of itself as separate from the part of the world that dealt with terrorism. But in recent years, terrorism has been getting closer to Japan, both inside the country and outside of it.

The number one precaution that anyone can take against terrorism or any other danger is being prepared, and to help make Japanese people more aware of what to do if ever caught in a life-threatening situation, Japanese Twitter artist @Yupendy_ recently posted a short infographic she drew after undergoing terrorism preparedness training in the U.S.

At left is the original tweet with translations below.

"Terrorism Preparedness What to do if you’re caught in a terrorist situation…

1) Get in the habit of checking where exits and emergency exits are.

2) Your survival rate goes up significantly if you’re nearby large poles or partition walls.

3) When “something” happens, don’t go toward it, run away. Don’t take pictures with your phone. Don’t rubberneck. Even if you panic, don’t stand still.

4) In the case of gunfire or a bomb, get away by crouching. Heads can be blown off by explosion blasts alone. Get your head down as much as possible and escape. If your legs get hurt, then crawl away. Playing dead will not work.

5) Even if you lose sight of people, don’t go looking for them. If you can’t escape the building or area, then hide alone in a safe place

6) In the case of chemical weapons, a handkerchief can mean the difference between life and death, so always have one on you if possible.

Things that do stop bullets: – Walls not made out of wood (walls in public facilities are reliable) – Large trees

  • I was told it’s best not to think of any area as safe

Things that do not stop bullets: – Trashcans – Flower vases – Wooden counters (also doors, desks, walls, etc.) – Theater seats – Car doors

If you are taken hostage by terrorists that oppress and kill, your chance of survival is less than 30 percent.

Run Don’t record it Don’t fight

It’s very stressful to go about your daily life thinking about terrorism. Rather than becoming paranoid, it’s best to try and just take the above as common sense."

Phew! If you weren’t stressed out yet today, then chances are you probably are now. But just like @Yupendy_ said, it’s best to try and not worry too much, and just keep the tips in the back of your head and make them part of your instincts.

For those who want to stay as vigilant as possible though, here’s two more tips that were added later:

“Oh! Once you’ve gotten away, shut off your cell phone. If it rings, they will be able to find out where you are.

Also, keeping your mouth open may help prevent the explosion sounds from blowing out your eardrum.”

Hopefully none of us will ever need to make use of any of the terrorism prevention tips, but the first step to peace of mind is being ready to handle any situation that could arise.

Source: Twitter/@Yupendy via NetLab_

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Get in the habit of checking where exits and emergency exits are.

Good advice (especially at shopping malls, movie theaters, etc.)

Playing dead will not work.

It worked for (at least) one person during the Orlando terrorist attack.

When “something” happens, don’t go toward it, run away.

Things that do not stop bullets: – Trashcans – Flower vases

Made me smile. :-)

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When “something” happens, don’t go toward it, run away.

The problem with that is, more recently, terrorists have been planting a second bomb on the main escape route to cause more casualties. So it would be best to take a slightly unconventional escape route if possible.

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Understand the causes of terrorism, how your country'r foreign policy contributes to it, and speak up: to your government and in letters to the editor. Support conflict resolution in schools. Montessori incorporates this, but all schools need to teach students to resolve conflicts peacefully.

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This is fine advice. Maybe the author could sell this to various tourist agencies and welcome stations. The infographic would have to be changed slightly, though, so that everyone appears to be having a good time, and so that a happy terrorist experience can be enjoyed by all.

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7) A towel is about the most massively useful thing you can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”

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