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To be sitting in work planning an escape route incase...

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BobbyElvis Wed 01-Jul-15 14:05:35

ISIS attack our office? blush

FarFromAnyRoad Wed 01-Jul-15 14:07:01

What?? shock

OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 01-Jul-15 14:07:11

Depends what your job is. MI5 YANBU, thats probably what you are being paid for. Accountant YProbablyABU.

Summerisle1 Wed 01-Jul-15 14:10:03

This is why they call it 'terrorism'. People sit fearfully in their offices planning escape routes when the reality is there is nothing for them to escape from.

asmallandnoisymonkey Wed 01-Jul-15 14:14:21

You're better off thinking about escape routes for the next zombie apocalypse

CassieBearRawr Wed 01-Jul-15 14:26:21

To sit specifically fearful of isis? YABU.

To know how to escape and what to do in case of emergency (terrorist attack/fire/bomb threat/severe weather/zombie apocalypse/etc/they're all very similar response-wise)? Common sense.

cestlavielife Wed 01-Jul-15 14:27:34

speak to whoever runs your office evacuation planning ask to see the plan if you worried. you do fire drills yes?
who is your fire warden? speak to them.

DeanParrish Wed 01-Jul-15 14:31:19

I had a summer job on a production line in a factory once. The work was relentless and boring. My mind used to wander whiley fingers did their work. I used to plan tunnelling out of there. I even considered using gym equipment like a horse to cover the hole. I would have called my tunnel Elvis.

BarbarianMum Wed 01-Jul-15 14:36:33

If you work in the Square Mile I can sort of understand it, although I'd be more fearful on public transport personally.

If you are in a provincial solicitors office in Melton Mowbray get hold of this <grip>

DragonWithAGirlTattoo Wed 01-Jul-15 14:41:17

i do that quite a lot Monkey, i go to the ladies and imagine what i would do if i came out and there had been a disaster, either gunmen, aliens, dinosaurs, zombies, fatal gas cloud that couldnt get through the double toilet door and has dissipated before i come out,...

what would i do, how would i survive?

worldgonecrazy Wed 01-Jul-15 14:55:44

If your company is one that is likely to be a terrorist target, then you're not being unreasonable.

Our company advice for staff during a gun attack boils down to "run".

AuntieStella Wed 01-Jul-15 15:10:17

Is this a request for a kind of office version of an OFRS?

ThomasRichard Wed 01-Jul-15 15:30:51

ISIS is probably not too much of a bother, but I always check the nearest fire exists when I go to the cinema, theatre, hotels etc. So in that respect YANBU.

sanfairyanne Wed 01-Jul-15 16:14:50

sounds a good use of bored work time. it'll double up as a fire safety plan so not time entirely wasted

if you are genuinely worried though, not so good sad

Signlake Wed 01-Jul-15 16:38:10

Honestly I've had thoughts like this myself the past few days. I'm not in a panic or anything but I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about it at all. Especially after seeing news of the police demonstration in London

Dansak Wed 01-Jul-15 16:45:28

I think about it too, and work in a huge public attraction. I think it's ok to think about it, so long as it's kept in check and doesn't become an anxiety issue.

Soundofsettling Wed 01-Jul-15 16:47:23

Last night I planned how I would get home from central London if a terror threat meant all public transport was locked down.

I've planned what I would do if a gunman entered our building

If there was a gun attack on the school

If a got news of an outbreak of a nasty disease

If there was another petrol strike/water shortage/electricity blackout what we could do.

I also appear normal on the outside honest!

motherofmonster Wed 01-Jul-15 16:49:37

I once spent a lovely afternoon in the office working out such questions as -
Why do farts smell more in the bath? blush

I have worked out a plan for the zombies take over for home... not for work though. Thats my friday afternoon sorted grin

forago Wed 01-Jul-15 16:51:29

I do this every time I walk (fast) through London Bridge. I look for hiding places and exits. I too think public transports more of a risk than your office (unless its in the shard or other tall building I suppose .....)

Donnakim Wed 01-Jul-15 16:52:31

Normally I would say YABU....

But having found myself responsible for a building full of people during the bomb evacuations in Exeter on Monday..... I can't really say that!

It doesn't hurt to have a plan in your head for the unexpected shockshock

AGnu Wed 01-Jul-15 16:55:09

I have an anxiety disorder which means wherever I am I have not one but several escape plans for all sorts of scenarios! grin I have just expressed my concern about DH going to a shopping centre in a large city though... I'm all for going about one's day as per usual but this isn't part of his normal day, he's in an unfamiliar city... & I've been known to literally jump at the sight of my own shadow... Therefore he should just hide somewhere quiet until he can come home. blushgrin

motherofmonster Wed 01-Jul-15 16:55:28

... Is now wondering if Zombies can swim???

Writtenbyme Wed 01-Jul-15 16:55:44

Lol I have always planned escape routes. Need to think of every eventuality and know where the nearest high ground, open land, enclosed and hidden room, sturdy building is. As well as routes home and to the children's school etc.

Doesn't everyone think of these? blushgrin

mayfridaycomequickly Wed 01-Jul-15 17:00:34

I'm fairly stress free but I did think about it this morning whilst coming through the station with DS (aged 3) this morning. I wondered if the lines are live (Metro) and whether jumping down and running into the tunnel with him would be the best bet... crazy really

I think that lots of us are more aware now unfortunately.

seagreengirl Wed 01-Jul-15 17:01:09

... Is now wondering if Zombies can swim???

In World War Z, don't the zombies cross the Atlantic Ocean by just walking on the sea bed. shock

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