Active violence events can happen anywhere, including during community celebrations. Although this should be a time for enjoying yourself and your loved ones, it can also be a source of anxiety for many.
Fortunately, we can prepare for the unknown by increasing situational awareness in public places. This includes:
- Being attentive to your surroundings.
- Identifying possible threats.
- Formulating a plan of action.
- Being ready to act if danger occurs.
If you’re attending a community celebration or public event, think about the nearest entrance and exit points relative to your location and note any security measures. Scan the crowd for any unusual or suspicious behaviors or items, such as an unattended bag.
Once you’ve done a quick assessment, mentally rehearse what you might do if active violence occurs.
Check out our HSI Emergency Care blog for detailed information about reporting suspicious behavior and responding to an active violence event.