Since the terrorist bomb attacks in London in July 2005, the prefect of Rome, Achille Serra, and the mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni, have been preparing a guide in case of similar attacks in Rome. The guide will be presented on Friday 25 February and then more than a million copies will be sent to Rome householders.

The guide gives instructions on how to react in the face of various emergencies, such as a major gas leak, how to evacuate a building or public transport vehicle, what to do if packages or bags are left unattended in public places, when to call the security services and how to help them do their job efficiently. All acts of heroism are discouraged.

The guide will eventually be visible in French and English on the city council web site www.comune.roma.it and that of the civil defence service www.protezionecivile.it