Times have changed for a lot of people living in urban areas. The traffic, the busy streets, and the seemingly never-ending streaming crowds, especially during rush hours can be an overwhelming feeling. With the freedom of speech and expression constantly in effect, people can flood the streets as a form of protest. More often than not, riot police can be expected to emerge to keep things under control.
However, that protest then can turn into a full- scale riot as the tension builds up.
The clubbing, the running, rocks and other objects whizzing by, Molotov cocktails and looting can be a petrifying experience. It could be a life-threatening situation if caught at the wrong place at the wrong time.
What would you do in case you get caught in the midst of all this chaos?
Here are a few tips on how to stay safe in a crowd or a riot.
This is the best preventive security measure that you should practice.
Memorize the entrance and exit points, emergency evacuation protocols, parking areas and other facilities in reference to where you will be sitting.
2. Be Prepared
Why wait until you find yourself in an unlikely situation? It is best to be prepared at all times so that if it does happen you will know what to do.
3. Remain Calm
It will take tons of effort to meticulously bring yourself to a safer place but it will surely be worth every endeavor.
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If you happen to choose to be in such a crowd, you need to follow your intuition and feelings when it comes to the mood of the crowd.
You’ll definitely feel it when things are going to go south.
5. Move On
While you’re at it, chances are you’ll get pushed or hit. Don’t retaliate and just keep on going.
The objective is to be able to get away from the crowd the fastest way with as little harm as possible. Even if it leads you the opposite way of where you intend to go.
You’ll never know when you might need it.
Purchase a basic need for survival, arranging for a quick transportation, and paying off looters are the basic examples of when cash might come in handy.
If you really need to leave your house, it’s better to leave packed with a gun, a knife or a tactical pen.
Crowd behavior in a riot is extremely complex. Pulling out a gun or a knife should always be your last resort. However, if it’s a matter of survival, it is vital that you use it to your advantage by creating space as a means to escape. If you fail to do so at exactly the right moment, the results could be fatal.
These areas where a lot of people will try to squeeze through a small opening. Once chaos strikes it will be a death trap for those caught in it.
The common riot police do not know if you’re one of the violent ones. Nor do they care. The farther you are from them, the better it is for you from taking the full impact of their response.
Worst case scenario, the riot police throws in tear gas. If this does happen going uphill or a building rooftop is advised since tear gas stays low to the ground.
15. Watch Your Step
With the sea of people around you, it could be easy to trip and fall. You could be trampled amidst the chaos of a stampede or a riot and suffer from fatal injuries. This is something that you would not want to happen.
Your first priority is to stick together. Lock elbows or grip your hands together while moving towards a safe location.
No matter how hard you try to hold on to each other in a heavy crowd, the chances of getting separated are high.That’s why you should agree on a meeting place beforehand.
If you happen to break away from a crowd, chances are you might come across other groups of rioters.
Bring only what you need.Women should have their purse run along the front of their bodies with one hand on it. Men should have wallets or cell phones in their front pockets.
20. Blend In
Make sure that you don’t stand out in the crowd. Otherwise, you might as well paint a bulls-eye sign on your back. One way to do that is to wear muted colors.
Just act like them until you find an opportunity to slowly break away once you get to the outer-most part of the mob.
22. Seek Shelter
Securing oneself in a self-contained building, or one with a basement can be a good move to steer clear from the full force of a riot.
Always remember that a crowd of protesters can kickoff in a peaceful manner.However, the longer it continues it will definitely attract a variety of participants. As the numbers continue to rise, emotions will run high. Thus, the greater the chances of a full-scale riot.
If you happen to be caught in the middle of a civil unrest or a sea of people in an event, make sure that you apply these tips for staying safe in a crowd or riot. Chances are, you and your loved ones may get out of it. Maybe not unscathed, but alive and breathing.