Talk with children

It is hard to explain to our children something we hardly can grasp ourselves. Still, for children to feel safe in the aftermath of a terrorist attack they need to be reassured, heard, and helped to understand the situation. Further,.. Read more

Rescue personnel – from terror sites to daily assignments

A study of rescue- and cleanup personnel indicates a significant difference in the groups reactions after 9/11. While 3/4 of the police workers had few or no symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), almost half of the cleanup-workers had PTSD symptoms. The.. Read more

From normal reactions to difficulties

In given situations, we may all feel fear. This is a normal reaction which prepares us to cope with danger. Fear makes us alert and activates our senses and body, making us able to avoid or fight the threat. Fear.. Read more

Coping strategies

Strategies for coping: Live your life as usual One of the main characteristics of a modern democracy is the freedom of movement. Do not let fear influence your daily routines. Participating in your community will give you positive relational experiences and help your.. Read more

Leadership before, under and after terrorism

When terrorism threaten our society it is important that political leaders clearly states the values that are under attack, and how important it is to protect them. In order to maintain societal values such as freedom and participation, the citizens.. Read more

Reduce fear and stress

Research on terrorism show that an attitude combing realism with a sense of coping is the most efficient. By adapting the attitude “It might happen here – but I will be fine”, you will be prepared while preserving your inner.. Read more

Resistance in the population

Realistic assessment Risk assessment should reflect the likelihood, severity and consequences of an accident/event. Acts of terror carried out with conventional weapons pose a limited threat to the society, and a minimal personal risk, still many people are worried. Anxious people.. Read more

Media can increase or reduce fear

People’s perception of a terror threat is to a large extent influenced by the media approach. Media coverage that focus on threats, list of terrorist targets and possible scenarios can enhance peoples fear and anxiousness. Moderate and accurate information prevents.. Read more

Reactions to danger

Human beings are biologically wired so they can react to ensure survivor in dangerous situations. In hostile situations, we rapidly scan our surroundings and our natural alarm system is automatically activated. When we are exposed to danger a set of.. Read more

Can we prepare for terrorism?

Terrorism is often referred to as “war in peace time”. In recent years, the distinction between what we define as war and peace is increasingly erased. To what extent is it possible to prepare for terrorism – both as an.. Read more