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Last Updated: Monday, 26 July 2004, 12:39 GMT 13:39 UK
Preparing for an attack: Key points
The government has unveiled a 22 page terror advice pamphlet to help the public prepare for an attack and other emergencies.

BBC News Online outlines the key points of the document.


  • Gather bottled water, tinned food and a bottle/tin opener.

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  • Keep a list of useful phone numbers such as your doctor's and close relatives' and have your mobile phone with you.

  • Gather toiletries, sanitary supplies and regularly prescribed medication.

  • Keep a torch with spare batteries, candles and matches and a radio with spare batteries close by.

  • Tune into the local radio for advice and updates.

  • Keep a first aid kit close by.

  • If there is a major power cut, turn off electrical appliances that may switch on when power is restored.


  • If a bomb goes off at your place of work look for the safest way out.

  • If a bomb goes off outside the building, stay inside away from lifts, windows and outer doors in case there is a second bomb in the area.

  • If you are trapped in debris stay close to a wall, tap on pipes so that rescuers can hear you and do not use lights and matches in case of gas leaks.


  • Tune into the local radio for advice from the local council in the event of a major emergency because if your children are at school it may not be safe to collect them.


  • In the event of a chemical, biological or radiological attack, move away from the immediate source of danger.

  • Wait for the emergency services to arrive to examine you and if necessary, decontaminate you.

  • Make sure you do not go home untreated because you could contaminate others and make any incident worse.

  • If you are in a public place be vigilant and look out for suspicious behaviour, vehicles or packages and do not hesitate to tell the police.

  • Make sure 999 has been called if people are injured or their life is threatened.

  • Check for injuries and keep calm.

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