Survival Techniques – Threat of Violence 

Survival techniques vary from situation to situation and no checklist can ever address every situation. However, familiarizing yourself with certain basic personal-protection concepts may provide you with a helpful level of confidence, in the event you find yourself in an extreme situation.

Mentally exploring recommended options during a crisis provides focus with a sense of purpose and drive. Establishing tasks and goals during a crisis reduces the chance of panic and hysteria and increases your chance of survival.

General Safety Recommendations

  • Utilize your cell phone speed dial.
  • Be alert of your surroundings. Pay attention to windows/doorways/stairwells and escape routes.
  • Travel along walls both indoors and outdoors, and stay behind objects for the purpose of concealment.
  • Concentrate on your observations during the crisis; you may be able to provide important information to police. Focus on physical descriptions, clothing, weapons, number of shots fired, and the direction of movement by the individuals in question. 


Escape

  • Always determine your closest evacuation route (also applicable to fire safety).
  • Clear hallways and stairwells, and if possible head toward exits.
  • Depending on your location, consider escaping via a window. If necessary, use available items to break out windows. Once you make the decision to escape, though, do not hesitate; breaking the window may bring an unwanted response.
  • Running makes you a difficult target (zig-zag).
  • If fired upon in an open space, lie on the ground thereby reducing your physical exposure and crawl.
  • If a fire alarm is activated, use caution when evacuating the building, it may be a rouse to get you to an open space.


Shelter in Place

  • Seek cover and hide. Utilize closets/desks/cabinets/small spaces to minimize your exposure.
  • Look; listen.
  • Attempt to secure/lock as many doors and windows as possible.
  • Close window coverings.
  • Turn off lights.
  • Remain quiet.
  • Set cell phones/pagers to silent mode.
  • If possible, separate into smaller groups and different rooms.
  • Use every item available to you to set up barricades/obstacles or to fabricate weapons.
  • Do not congregate in any area.
  • Attempt to communicate your location and condition via cell, in-house phones or email to Public Safety and police. 
  • Assist disabled persons.
  • Maintain cover while listening for rescuers.