The Probability of Getting Caught in a Terrorist Attack Abroad
My friend and colleague Wendy Perrin recently wrote about the probability of getting caught in a terrorist attack abroad. With the non-stop news on the Paris terrorist attacks that has everyone freaking out (including me at times), it’s important to step back, take a deep breath and look at the statistics—like those provided in the article. Says Wendy:
“According to the U.S. State Department, the number of U.S. citizens killed overseas by incidents of terrorism from 2001 to 2013 was 350. If you’re thinking home is safer, compare that number with the 3,030 killed in the U.S. by terrorism during the same period. In terms of street crime and gun violence, most of the U.S. cities we live in are statistically more dangerous than the places we visit abroad. Your risk of being killed in a car crash (one in 19,000), drowning in your bathtub (one in 800,000), or being struck by lightning (one in 5.5 million) far exceed your risk of dying from terrorism (one in 20 million).”
So keep this in mind and keep traveling. Terrorists aim to instill fear in us and we can’t let them succeed.
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