This morning some of my friends ran a tabletop exercise based on yesterday’s terrorist attacks in France. First, I want to give my condolences and prayers to all of the victims their families and loved ones.
Second, I want to mention that I am only using a portion of what my friends did. Some of the intelligence that they used in the exercise has already changed. For instance, the latest information shows that a Syrian passport was found by one of the terrorists. Information from Greece indicates that he only arrived in Europe about one month ago. Now over the next few days more information about the terrorist attacks will surface. But at the same time, much will be hidden. We as individuals may never know all the information.
So what does this mean to us? Can we learn from these terrorist attacks? I think the answer is a definite, yes. The following comments came out of their exercise.
Reality check. How many here watching the news reports of the Paris have thought about personal/family protection?
- First thoughts probably about packing a concealed weapon. Not altogether bad thing, BUT…
- Now, honestly… think about it… How many brushed up on Trauma management and made sure they had some trauma supplies?
- Google blast injuries? You walk up on the cafe after being rocked by the blast wave from just around the corner of a building, are you comfortable that you would know what to do and start giving aid?
- Everyone always envisions themselves as the Hero shooter to take down the bad guy and preps for such…
- Many don’t prep for trauma management where they may have a daily chance to actually apply their skills in such a random incident as a vehicle accident or a local situation.
- When was your last first aid class?
- When was the Last time you increased your level of medical training?
- Motivation moment. You might be the first one to show up on a lonely road where one of my loved ones is injured…. could you do more than call 911?
(I suggest that you sit down with your family and friends and study how you would react if such a situation were to occur in your neighborhood. Have you talked to your children about what to do if faced with this type of event. Howard)
Paris attack sitrep:
Paris has been rocked by a multiple, coordinated terrorist attacks, leaving at least 140 people dead. President François Hollande has declared a state of emergency and ordered national borders closed. Police have reported four of the hostage takers killed as elite units brought their operation at the Bataclan concert hall to an end. Paris residents have been asked to stay indoors as about 1,500 military personnel have been deployed across the city.
- Terror operations in Paris were apparently intended to fracture French society.
- The terrorists want to provoke inter-religion frictions.
- France will have to work hard to make sure they don’t allow them this success.
- There will be little doubt that so-called Islamic State is top of the list of suspects.
- France has the highest Muslim population in Europe.
- Many peaceful and patriotic followers of the faith live in the poorest banlieues of the nation’s cities. Some feel left out of the wider French social structures even though the country has, for years, followed a policy of assimilation to try to reinforce the notion of ‘Frenchness’ among all its citizens.
As you can see my friends spent some time examining the terrorist attacks that occurred in Paris. Now I have not included all the information that they sent me, because some of this has already changed and will continue to change in the future.
Now I am not going to spend a lot of time speculating on why or how, or who was involved. There are plenty of other people who are better qualified than me to do this. What I am going to do, is use the terrorist attacks as a training aid. Learn what we can to help keep our families and friends safe when terrorist attacks occurs here.