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Staying Safe In Public Safety Tips

Unfortunately, mass attacks in public spaces are not uncommon. These events can occur at anyplace, at any time, and evolve quickly.

So far this year the country has already experienced numerous attacks in public such as the events in Kansas City and Houston this week. These types of attacks can be well thought out or could also be random.

Individuals may use firearms, vehicles, homemade bombs, and other methods to cause significant injuries.

In the event of an attack in public, it is important to be prepared to protect yourself, your family, and your friends.

Remember these safety tips while out in public spaces.

Prepare Before

  • Stay alert. Always be aware of your environment and any possible dangers.
  • If you see something, say something to local authorities. That includes suspicious packages, people behaving strangely or someone using strange communications.
  • Have an exit plan. Identify exits and areas to hide wherever you go,  
  • Learn lifesaving skills. Take first aid training to assist anyone who is injured until help arrives.

Stay Safe During

  • Seek safety. Getting away from the attacker is the top priority.
  • Cover and hide if you can’t evacuate.
  • Fight only as a last resort. When you can’t run or take cover, attempt to disrupt the attack, or disable the attacker.
  • Take care of yourself first. Then, if you are able, help the injured get to safety and provide immediate care.

Know What to Do After

  • Remain calm.
  • Keep hands visible and empty.
  • Report to designated areas.
  • Follow law enforcement’s instructions and evacuate in the direction they tell you to go. Listen to law enforcement for information about the situation.  

Related Information

It is our hope that none of us are ever faced with a situation where these reminders must be put to the test.

Last Modified: Feb 28, 2024
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