Terror attack in Brussels: 5 things to learn from it

Today we saw yet again another terror attack, this time in Brussels. A bomb in the airport, at the check in of American Airlines. Another bomb exploded in the subway, at rush hour.

These terror attack aren’t likely to stop any more than we are likely to stop the next mass shooting. As long our political leaders avoid making the harder choices, this will continue.

What can we do about it? Well, what we always do. Prepare.

A few things came to mind as I watched the images of today’s attack and it reminded me of other similar situations, other terror attacks or mass shootings.

1)Watching the footage of people walking out of those dark subway tunnels, I imagined how useful a good flashlight would have been. That’s why we carry an EDC light.

2)The smoke and debris after the explosion and people covering their faces, I was reminded of the importance of making your sun glasses also your safety glasses, capable of protecting your eyes like the Wiley X Revolvers I use all the time.

3)Particles in the air also make it difficult to breathe.  It also shows how useful a respirator would have been. Carry one in your EDC kit.

4)People with awful wounds and amputations due to the explosions, it was easy to see how people could have used a CAT tourniquet or Celox gauze.

5)While we shouldn’t live in fear because of terrorists, these attacks do occur in key cities such as nation capitals. Avoiding these greatly reduces your chances of becoming a terror attack victim.


Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.


Terror attack in Brussels: 5 things to learn from it — 7 Comments

  1. Also, the city was in lockdown (but I could not get for how long).
    People were to remain in their jobs/offices. Is the idea that some “survival” (particle mask) and comfort items should be placed in a discrete envelop in the bottom drawer, too much?

  2. These are great ideas but I would be concerned that some items would be difficult to carry with you while traveling, especially with the FAA regulations. But thinking outside the box and using what you have wisely could be helpful too. My cell phone has a flashlight built in, I carry a back up battery with a charger. The charger is a good strong cord, while not ideal, the cord could be used to stop severe bleeding. I also carry wet wipes; and the mini bottles of liquor when in a quart sized bag are permissible through security. Bring a few minis of vodka which could be used for a variety of things. Also female sanitary items can be used for first aid. I actually used a sanitary pad recently after cutting my eye, and it worked beautifully.

    • Save toilet paper rolls when the paper thickness is down to about a quarter inch thickness. Two of them packed into a zip locked sandwich bag and carry them in your auto glove box, briefcase, purse, get home bag, etc. Useful for fire starting tinder, emergency compress for a bad cut or gunshot wound, even emergency hygiene stop somewhere, etc. Numerous uses, what are yours?

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