Staying Safe: The Complete Guide to Protecting Yourself, Your Family, & Your Business


In Staying Safe, Juval Aviv, a counterterrorism expert and international security consultant, outlines the essential tools for becoming personally responsible for the security and safety of yourself and your loved ones. You will learn how to safeguard your home and office, protect your identity, and travel without fear. Most important, you'll find that Aviv's recommendations and warnings are practical and easy to follow.

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In Staying Safe, Juval Aviv, a counterterrorism expert and international security consultant, outlines the essential tools for becoming personally responsible for the security and safety of yourself and your loved ones. You will learn how to safeguard your home and office, protect your identity, and travel without fear. Most important, you'll find that Aviv's recommendations and warnings are practical and easy to follow.

Juval Aviv neither overstates nor minimizes today's threats, whether they are from criminals or terrorists; instead he sets out to inform and provide real advice for minimizing risks.

Staying Safe is clear, comprehensive, and full of instructive and vital tips that cover:

  • Flying with confidence
  • Traveling to a foreign country
  • Identifying a potential terrorist threat
  • Basic safety precautions
  • Survival and escape strategies
  • Securing your business
  • Keeping your identity confidential
  • Making transactions on the Internet
  • And much more
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060735203
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/20/2004
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Juval Aviv is the President and CEO of Interfor, Inc., an international investigative and intelligence firm that works with corporations, both domestically and internationally, on asset and personnel security measures. Mr. Aviv also serves as a special consultant to the U.S. Congress on issues of terrorism and security and is a consultant for Fox News.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part 1 Protecting Yourself and Your Family
Chapter 1 Becoming Security-Minded 13
How to Assess Your Risk 19
Basic Safety Precautions 26
Spotting Suspicious Behavior 35
Dealing with Stress 45
Educating Children 48
Helping Children Cope 52
Tips for the Elderly and Disabled 54
Chapter 2 Survival and Escape Strategies 58
Ambushes and Assassinations 58
Dealing with Violence 63
Surviving as a Hostage 66
Gunfire, Grenades, and Bombs 68
Explosions, Fires, and Collapses 71
Biohazard Avoidance 75
Nuclear Reactor Emergencies 81
Mass Destruction Attacks 85
Chapter 3 Cyberterrorism and Internet Security 91
PC and Password Protection 91
Thwarting Internet Invaders 95
Information Systems Security 97
Chapter 4 Mail Handling Guidelines 102
The Safest Way to Handle Mail 102
Detecting Lethal Letters and Parcels 106
Part 2 Travel Safety
Chapter 5 Travel Guidelines and Concerns 113
Getting Informed/Staying Connected 114
Avoiding Danger 124
Streetwise Advice 129
Everyday Commuting 136
Selecting a Hotel 139
Extra Security Precautions 141
Carjacking Survival 149
Kidnapping Survival 153
Tips for Women 158
If All Goes Wrong 166
Staying Healthy 169
Chapter 6 Airline Safety 174
Flying Smart 174
Air Travel Security Rules 182
Young or Disabled Travelers 184
Foreign Airline Safety 186
Hijacking Survival 188
Airplane Evacuation 194
Part 3 Safeguarding Your Identity and Protecting Your Business
Chapter 7 Protecting against Fraud and Identity Theft 199
Fraud and Identity Theft 200
Proactive Measures 208
Lost or Stolen Cards 213
SSN and Check Theft 217
Restoring Your Credit 219
Frauds and Scams 223
Planning Ahead 226
Chapter 8 Protecting Your Business and Buildings 229
The Threat Matrix 229
Security Doctrine 231
Personnel Safety 235
Physical Security 237
Reducing Vulnerabilities 241
Emergency Preparedness 245
Bomb Threats and Explosions 250
Contingency and Continuity Planning 255
Final Thoughts 259
Appendix Where to Get Help and Information 261
Index 281
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First Chapter

Staying Safe
The Complete Guide to Protecting Yourself, Your Family, and Your Business

Chapter One

Becoming Security-Minded

Whether we realize it or not, we're all security-minded and safety-conscious to one degree. Most of us lock our doors, bypass crime-ridden neighborhoods, don't unfurl billfolds in public, and stop mail and newspaper deliveries when we're away on vacation. We also look first before we cross streets, drive defensively, and know how to dial 911.

Terrorism prevention and protection means adding a new set of procedures and routines to the list of precautions we already take. It's easier said than done, however. Think of heart-attack victims. If they're lucky enough to survive their first attack, they almost immediately become health- and fitness-conscious. They start taking care of themselves by going on diets, losing weight, and watching what they eat. Some stop smoking and drinking, and many join health clubs and begin exercising regularly. The intriguing question is, how would these heart-attack victims have fared if they had followed this lifestyle in the first place? Many of them would, most probably, have averted the early onset of heart disease.

Our personal health, safety, and security, in other words, begin in the mind. We want to build concentric rings of defense, which increase your security and safety by making it harder for terrorists to victimize you. Think of the rings as encompassing both the locations at which you spend a good deal of time and the activities you engage in that could bring you in contact with terrorists. Then, it's a matter of instituting security measures and changes in routines that will lessen your chances of falling prey to terror.

Know the five means of staying safe.
In general, there are five ways of staying safe: avoidance, prevention, escape, assistance, and time. All of your preplanning, your thinking, and your strategies should revolve around those five means of survival. Avoidance means not being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Prevention is the erection of barriers that protect you and your possessions. Escape is the recognition that you don't have to take your fate lying down. Assistance requires knowledge of how and when to seek outside help. And time is that precious commodity that keeps you alive long enough for help to arrive.

If you frequently travel around town alone, particularly at night, invest in a personal attack alarm or, at the very least, a loud-sounding whistle.

Stay away from crowds.
That's the single best piece of advice that anyone seeking to avoid terrorism can follow. Terrorists most often strike at crowded locations and events, such as shopping malls, large department stores, sporting events, discotheques, historic landmarks, tourist spots, airports, commuter hubs, movie theaters, fashionable restaurants, bars, and trendy resorts. By avoiding these events and locations, you avoid the terrorists.

Dark, deserted streets are other places to avoid.

Think of security as a lock that buys you time.
Security, like a lock, can never be 100 percent perfect. It's not meant to be. The purpose of security measures is to buy time to escape, get assistance, or wait for help to arrive. Once you drop the fictitious ideal of perfection, your imagination will be free to conceive of a security plan that's unique to you and your loved ones.

Adapt your planning to your circumstances.
Everyone's circumstances are different, so adapt security measures to your situation. Put each contemplated security step in context. Ask yourself, why am I doing this? The answer should be -- survival. So, again, engineer all of the security measures you take with the goals of avoidance, prevention, escape, getting help, or buying time.

Get informed about potential terrorist targets in your area.
Begin by looking at a map and drawing radii of 10 to 20 miles around your home and workplace. Then, investigate the potential terrorist targets within those zones. Ask your electric utility the location, if any, of the nearest nuclear power plant and repositories of spent nuclear fuel. Ask your local emergency management office, including police and lire departments, if other critical infrastructure sites (e.g., dams, chemical plants, telephone switching centers, etc.), hazardous or radioactive waste dumps, or major industrial complexes handling hazardous materials are in the vicinity. Ask if any local or state emergency plans are available to the public.

Know how to shut off the gas, water, and electricity in the event utility lines are damaged in a major attack. (or in an earthquake)

Note that such hazards as radiation pose particular risk to young children, pregnant women, and the elderly.
Staying Safe
The Complete Guide to Protecting Yourself, Your Family, and Your Business
. Copyright © by Juval Aviv. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2004

    Great advice

    Juval Aviv's book is very comprehensive and informative. With the possibility of more terrorist attacks in the very near future, this book offers great insight on how to travel ane live safely. Mr. Aviv undersores the need for individuals to take matters into our own hands. He provides pragmatic tips and outlines basic security measures that every family and individual should follow. Once you read this book, you will recommend it to all of your family members and friends!

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