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.
- 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.