Crisis evacuation safety
Large scale bombings and shootings have occurred multiple times in just the last month and something that each of these attacks has in common– is that they were unexpected. Learning how to quickly address and neutralize a threat can help you make a split-second decision that could potentially save you and countless others.
47 ABC spoke to Evan Avnet, owner of Tactical American Security consulting, about ways that people can safely exit a building and alternative options, if they cant.
“It’s run, hide, fight” said Avnet.
Those are the 3 steps he say’s you should follow. If you find yourself in a high risk situation, the first priority is to run. In an intense situation it’s hard to keep a level head but it’s extremely important that people evacuate calmly and don’t stampede over each other. Get as far away from the building safely as you can is important.
If you’re not able to exit the building or area, you need to appear as if you have. Find any closet or space that you can barricade yourself inside of or a hiding space that’s near an exit.
In the unfortunate case that you are not able to run or hide, your only option left is to fight. The hope is that police will arrive fast enough to take control of the situation but if they don’t arrive in time you need to be prepared to defend yourself.
Taking a self-defense course on your free time is a great way to be proactive on some of the ways that you can defend yourself. Learning how to quickly address and neutralize a threat can help you make a split-second decision that could potentially save you and countless others. The first priority in a high risk situation is to get yourself to safety or in a safe position to assist others. You can’t help anyone else if you’re injured.
However, in the unfortunate case that you are shot, you need to remember that you’re not dead. Even if you get shot in the heart, you still have up to 20 seconds of life that you could save others.
Often times, people wonder why someone would want to hurt or put others in danger. 47 ABC spoke to trauma psychologist, Michele Hughes, to see if she could give us any further clarity.
“We really need to look closely at these domestic violence cases” said Hughes. A lot of these cases there are girl friends, wives, former wives – who have been victims to these people.”
She goes on to say that many of these folks who are doing this are people who don’t fit in society and have a hard time managing their coping skills.
The goal is not for people to be in fear everywhere they go but rather be aware of their surroundings and know how to think fast if you find yourself in a vulnerable situation.