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MCRP 3-02E Terrorism

The Individual's Guide for Understanding and Surviving

1 Keep your room key on you at all times.

2 When entering/exiting rooms, halls, lobbies, or public areas, watch for anyone loitering in the area 3 or carrying objects that could be used as possible weapons.

4 Avoid loitering in public areas; e.g., lobbies and public toilets. These are favorite places for 5 terrorist bombs.

6 Vary arrival/departure times. If you can, vary use of hotel entrances as well as its elevators and 7 stairwells.

8 Know the location of all emergency exits and fire extinguishers.

9 Keep your draperies closed. If you leave your room during daylight and you don't expect to 10 return until after dark, close your draperies and leave the lights on. When you return, you are not 11 advertising you are back by turning the lights on and possibly exposing yourself to sniper fire.

12 When you first enter your room, inspect it thoroughly. Keep your room and personal effects neat 13 and orderly. This will help you recognize tampering or strange, out-of-place objects. Place a 14 piece of tape on the door crack or a string in the door jam. If it has moved while you were out 15 you will know that someone has entered during your absence.

16 Then lock the door and use the chain. A good technique to use with the lock and chain is to place 17 a 1-inch screw between the door frame and the door. Someone may have made a copy of your 18 key long before you checked in. The screw will act as a wedge and keep terrorists from easily 19 opening the door. Intruders will then have to use some force to get the door open, thereby 20 creating noise. This gives you early warning and maybe time to get out through an exit or to lock 21 yourself in the bathroom. Get in the bathtub and scream for dear life to attract attention. The tub 22 will usually afford some cover and protection, unless it is made of fiberglass.

23 Never admit strangers.

24 Find out if the hotel has security guards. If so, determine how many, their hours of duty, 25 equipment they use, and their expertise. Know how to locate them by phone and in person. If 26 you take a taxi when leaving your hotel, do not take the first taxi in line. A terrorist could be 27 waiting for you, especially if they know you use taxis. Walk away from the hotel and flag down 28 another one.

29 Brief Your Dependents

30 Brief your dependents, who may be released before you, and other family members not traveling 31 with you, on what to do if your flight is skyjacked. They should not get in front of television 32 cameras and the press and say thing that will help the terrorists select you as a victim to be 33 executed. These are statements such as "I fear for my husband's safety because he is a Marine and 34 the terrorists might hurt him," or "I fear for my spouse's life because he is Jewish, and the


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