Recent bombings, mass shootings and accidents at crowded venues prompt the writing of this post. Whether these are random occurrences or targeted attacks, crowded events can quickly become life-threatening ordeals. The following are a few tips for avoiding trouble in crowded spaces and staying safe if pandemonium does ensue:
Watch Your Back
In fact, watch everyone around you. Have a good time, yes, but also be aware of who is in your immediate vicinity. Be on the lookout for people who appear not be engaged in the event at hand, but who appear to be more intently focusing on other people or objects that are nearby.
Watch Your Belongings
It’s best not to carry too much when attending a crowded space. On the flip side, depending upon the event, you may want to bring along bottles of water, snacks and extra clothing. If you need to tote additional items, consider carrying a backpack, but wearing it on the front of your body when stationary. Doing so keeps pick-pocketing thieves out of your pack and also gives you easy access to its contents.
Carry First Aid Items
From minor bumps and scrapes to more serious injuries, be as prepared as possible with your own first-aid gear. Mind you, there’s no need to carry a large case filled with tools and equipment, but do pack a few useful items such as a pocket mask, several alcohol wipes, sterile bandages, pain relievers, a saline solution, latex gloves, tweezers, cotton balls and swabs. Each of these are small items that can fit in a freezer sized baggie and kept inside of your backpack until you need them.
Watch Yourself Around Watering Holes
Though you might want to enjoy a few beers with your buddies, be very careful around strangers who may have a few too many. Let’s face it, everyone doesn’t handle alcohol well and, often, it is at public events where fights break out and people are injured due to someone indulging in a little too much spirit. Be very mindful of this when you are at large events and avoid trouble with these types at all cost.
Keep Your Cool
From the moment you feel it’s time to panic, consciously stop yourself and decide otherwise. React, yes, but panic, no! It’s understandable that this is easier said than done and, to some degree, may even feel impossible. The bottom line, however, is that if you can keep a reasonably clear head, you’ll be in a much better position for survival. Here are a few tips that might help:
- As quickly as possible, force your mind from a state of shock to one of acceptance of what is unfolding in real time
- Limit the amount of time and energy spent on emotional reactions (screaming, crying, etc.) and spring into action instead
- Immediately place your focus on what you need to do to find safety
- Help others when and if possible
Wear Bright Clothing
Thinking ahead, consider wearing clothing that will help rescue workers notice you in the event of an emergency. While there’s no need to go out and buy a neon-colored wardrobe, consider a brightly colored jacket or some other distinguishable clothing that may serve this purpose. Since we do recommend that you carry a backpack when you find it necessary to tote water and snacks, consider killing two birds with one stone by investing in the Mayday Industries High Visibility Orange Deluxe Backpack available in our main store.
Wear Protective Clothing and Gear
Of course, if the event is outdoors, be sure you have adequate sun protection even on cold days. We also want to recommend that you protect yourself in other ways too, such as from bullets or knife attacks. Take a moment to check out the Armored Go Pack w/AR500 Armor Pack Plate, which may also protect against rifle rounds.
Every family should be in agreement as to who their point of contact will be in an emergency and where loved ones can meet, if necessary. Have this conversation with your tribe ahead of time. While at a special event, also agree upon a certain location where you will meet at the actual venue if trouble occurs or if someone gets separated from your group.
It may help to also know that Google has a locator service which can help you locate others in an emergency and where you can place information to help others find you. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with this service now in case you ever need to use it later.
What Say You?
Have you ever been caught in a life-threatening situation at a large event? How did you handle it? What advice do you have to share with our readers on surviving a similar event? We look forward to hearing your thoughts in the space provided below.