The horrific bombings Monday at the Boston Marathon were a painful reminder of the danger that can occur in a crowd. Unfortunately, people attending rock concerts, parades and sporting events can end up being victims of a disaster or crime. Officials at Major League Baseball games and big draws such as next month’s Kentucky Derby and Indianapolis 500 are expected to step up security measures as a result of the tragedy in Boston. But even when security is tight, things can go wrong.
It’s easy to get caught up in the fun and the excitement of seeing your favorite band or cheering for your favorite athlete or team. But any time you are in a crowd, it is crucial that you are aware of your surroundings. Look around and observe those nearby. Is anyone behaving in a suspicious manner? Is there anything such as a tote bag, backpack or cooler that appears to be left on its own? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then get away quickly and report the activity as soon as you can.
If there is a real threat of danger, or even if you are only suspicious of it, the worst thing you can do is panic. Fear is contagious. It starts a chain reaction from one person to the next. Before long, people in a state of panic begin to run, push and fight each other. They can crush each other, and sometimes even kill each other.
Even before you start to move, calmly set up a meeting place with your traveling companions in case you get separated in the crowd. Leave your personal belongings behind. It is better to get you and your family or friends to safety as soon as possible. Always move in the direction of a moving crowd. If you try to go against the crowd, stand still or sit down you could get trampled.
When trying to get away, be aware of the ground you are standing on. Wet or uneven ground can be slippery or dangerous. Don’t stand near or climb on benches or temporary scaffolding or stages that could collapse under too much weight.
Get up quickly if you fall. Hopefully, someone will be able to help pull you up. If you can’t get up, however, crawl in the same direction as the crowd or cover your head with your arms and curl up into the fetal position. The most important thing is to stay calm and stay the course, as carefully as possible.
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