How do you think you’d react when faced with an active violence event? No matter how confident you feel, you won’t know how you’re going to react until you experience it first-hand. But you can prepare and train for scenarios that can help you react more quickly and decisively to get you to safety.
When under immediate duress, your body and mind may react in different ways.
- Flight. The immediate reaction is to get away quickly. And in many cases, running away is the best option. Move in an unpredictable way and avoid moving in large groups, if possible.
- Fight. The brain makes a split-second decision that fighting the assailant is the best option for survival. If you can’t escape your location, take steps to defend your space and distract the attacker to slow their violent progress.
- Freeze. A freeze response isn’t a conscious decision, but rather an involuntary physical, mental and emotional immobilization. If this happens, your first step is to break the freeze by moving and trying to escape your current location.
Check out the HSI Emergency Care blog for more tips for preparing and responding to an active violence event.