Have you ever been caught in a situation you weren’t prepared for? If you are like most people, you probably have. If your safety has ever been at risk, you probably ask yourself questions like:
Why didn’t I sign up for that kickboxing class?
How can I fix this situation?
Can I find the answer on Google?
Below you will find an infographic providing you a brief list of safety tips that will help you deal with disaster.
Preparation with Emergency Drills
The best way to deal with disaster is to be prepared when disaster actually happens. Preparation for any event will help ease your anxiety and boost your confidence in case of an emergency. For example, most elementary schools have routine fire drills that help teachers and staff navigate their students to safety zones designated on campus. While most students probably don’t take it seriously, they will come to remember their evacuation route in case of a serious emergency.
Another way you can prepare yourself is to take a self-defense class. BUT WAIT, I thought you were talking about emergency drills.
BUT WAIT, I thought you were talking about emergency drills.
Correct, taking a self-defense class is basically a collective group of drills that will teach you how to block, punch, and maneuver your way out of a hostile situation. Sparring drills will help you simulate a real life incident and better prepare you to make the best decisions for your safety.
Know Your Surroundings and Building Designs
Sometimes, approaching an incident face to face is too dangerous. That’s when knowing alternate routes around your area come in handy. Knowing the structure of your home, workplace, or school will help you identify ways to get further from the danger or in the worst case scenario, hide from it.
Have you ever noticed the first time visiting an area people tend to take the “long way” route to get to their destination? But more often than not, after visiting that area multiple times, you tend to find secret “shortcuts” that other people aren’t aware of. These new routes help you save time, but can potentially save your life.
For example, an active shooter has just entered your university. Everyone is panicking and rushing towards the front entrance to get out. The only problem is, that is where the shooter is standing. But you know your building structure and have knowledge of an old backdoor that only staff use to get out of the building. Once out the building, you also know the fastest route to get to your vehicle for safety.
By paying attention to your surroundings, you were able to navigate away from danger safely.
Look around your area and find the nearest police officer, hospital, or phone booth is located. This will ensure you have someone that can help you in case of an emergency. The reason housing prices are so high in “safe” neighborhoods is because they usually have an abundance of these safety individuals available. Usually, this means they are located near a hospital, near a police station, or near a disaster relief station.
Identify these individuals in the room and take note of where they are. In case a disaster hits, you may be looking to them for safety leadership.
Use Your Smartphone for Safety
Use your smartphone to keep you and your loved ones safe in case of a disaster. Be able to track your location, record audio/video, and securely send this data to the cloud without the hassle and time of manual uploading. Record a criminal activity while its happening and let the authorities use your footage to catch and prosecute these criminals. Its all possible with the Planet 911 app. You can read more about the technology at the official Planet 911 website or you can check out the safety infographic below.
How to Deal With Disaster – Safety Tips:
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