Impact EventsStaying out of LA on the day a verdict was to be presented
would have been a prudent decision. You have no idea how it will turn out, and some people might not like it.
In our Emergency Preparedness course, we talk about disaster events that are very unlikely
to happen, but if they do occur, the consequences can be devastating.
An extreme example would be a meteor screaming out of the heavens and landing on your house. There is little you can
to to prevent it, It's very unlikely to happen, but would be horrible should it occur.
There are a number of
events that are much more likely to occur - although still unlikely - yet most people give them almost no thought. Like the
meteor example above, there may be little we can do to stop the disaster from happening, but there ARE things we can do to minimize the negative impact.
Do you remember the rioting in LA
after the first Rodney King verdict? It was essentially spontaneous. As soon as the verdict was known, the lid
came off, and the violence escallated. If you were in the wrong place when it started, you
were in immediate, life-threatening danger.
the police are overwhelmed. At the very minimum, it will take several minutes for them to arrive. A lot
of bad things can happen in 5 minutes. You are now 100% responsible for your own well-being until they arrive, or until
you can get to a safer location.
The same goes with Super Bowl winners, NBA Championships and World Series final games. People
get crazy when big events happen, and that craziness often leads to violence.
Don't tempt fate. Stay
But what if you're caught totally off-guard and find yourself
in the middle of a threatening situation? Here are some ideas:
If you're in a car, stay in it and lock all
doors and windows. Drive out of the area as quickly as possible. If your tires are slashed, don't stop.
Drive on the rims if need be. Escape and evasion are your priorities.
Exit the car, and you're likely to become a victim.
If you're on the street,
get inside as quickly as possible. If you're able, pick an office building before you pick a retail store,
as stores are more likely to be targeted by looters. Move to the back of the
building if possible. Try not to go to upper floors - if a fire is started, you may be trapped.
If you have a firearm, defensive spray or stunning device, have it ready
and prepare yourself mentally to use it in self-defense
If these aren't accessible, grab whatever is available.
ALWAYS look for a chance to get to safety.
Never let your guard down.For Consideration:
What types of events
might trigger a spontaneous event in your area? What events or issues are people in your area especially sensitive,
angry or concerned about?Next Newsletter:
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of a Personal Safety Plan. Bison Risk Management Associates is a Northern California-based company providing Personal Safety and Emergency Preparedness training, workshops and consulting
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