How to Stay Safe During Civil Unrest: A Few Tips

Posted Jun 4, 2020

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If caught in a civil disturbance

  • If you find yourself caught up in a demonstration, keep to the edge of the crowd where it is safer. Try not to be identified as being one of the demonstrators by keeping well away from the leaders and agitators.
  • At the first opportunity, break away and seek refuge in a nearby building, or find a suitable doorway or alley and stay there until the crowd passes.
  • When leaving the fringe of the demonstration, just walk away—don't run, as this will draw attention to you.
  • In the event that you are arrested by the police or military, do not resist. Go along peacefully, and contact your embassy as well as your travel-insurance provider to help you resolve your predicament.
  • If you are caught up in the crowd, stay clear of glass shop fronts, stay on your feet, and move with the flow.
  • If you are swept along in the crush, create a space for yourself by grasping your wrists and bracing your elbows away from your sides. Bend over slightly; this should allow you breathing room.
  • If pushed to the ground, try to get against a wall, roll yourself into a tight ball, and cover your head with your hands until the crowd passes.
  • Remember to keep calm—the crowd should sweep past in a short amount of time.
  • If shooting breaks out, drop to the ground and cover your head and neck. Lie as flat as you can.

Trapped in a car during civil unrest

  • Never drive through a crowd.
  • If you find yourself in the path of a crowd, turn down the nearest side road, reverse, or turn around and drive away calmly.
  • If you cannot drive away, park the car, lock it, and leave it, taking shelter in a side street or doorway.
  • If you don't have time for this, stop and turn the engine off. Lock the doors and remain calm. Be sure not to show hostility or anger.

What to do after an incident

  • If it is unsafe to stay where you are, seek a place of safety in a less volatile area.
  • If you have suffered injury, seek medical assistance. Report any loss or damage to your property to the police.
  • Report your situation or whereabouts to family, friends, or business associates.
  • Report incidents to local police, and obtain a report reference. Where applicable, report and claim on your insurance. 

If caught in a civil disturbance

  • If you find yourself caught up in a demonstration, keep to the edge of the crowd where it is safer. Try not to be identified as being one of the demonstrators by keeping well away from the leaders and agitators.
  • At the first opportunity, break away and seek refuge in a nearby building, or find a suitable doorway or alley and stay there until the crowd passes.
  • When leaving the fringe of the demonstration, just walk away—don't run, as this will draw attention to you.
  • In the event that you are arrested by the police or military, do not resist. Go along peacefully, and contact your embassy as well as your travel-insurance provider to help you resolve your predicament.
  • If you are caught up in the crowd, stay clear of glass shop fronts, stay on your feet, and move with the flow.
  • If you are swept along in the crush, create a space for yourself by grasping your wrists and bracing your elbows away from your sides. Bend over slightly; this should allow you breathing room.
  • If pushed to the ground, try to get against a wall, roll yourself into a tight ball, and cover your head with your hands until the crowd passes.
  • Remember to keep calm—the crowd should sweep past in a short amount of time.
  • If shooting breaks out, drop to the ground and cover your head and neck. Lie as flat as you can.

Trapped in a car during civil unrest

  • Never drive through a crowd.
  • If you find yourself in the path of a crowd, turn down the nearest side road, reverse, or turn around and drive away calmly.
  • If you cannot drive away, park the car, lock it, and leave it, taking shelter in a side street or doorway.
  • If you don't have time for this, stop and turn the engine off. Lock the doors and remain calm. Be sure not to show hostility or anger.

What to do after an incident

  • If it is unsafe to stay where you are, seek a place of safety in a less volatile area.
  • If you have suffered injury, seek medical assistance. Report any loss or damage to your property to the police.
  • Report your situation or whereabouts to family, friends, or business associates.
  • Report incidents to local police, and obtain a report reference. Where applicable, report and claim on your insurance. 

If caught in a civil disturbance

  • If you find yourself caught up in a demonstration, keep to the edge of the crowd where it is safer. Try not to be identified as being one of the demonstrators by keeping well away from the leaders and agitators.
  • At the first opportunity, break away and seek refuge in a nearby building, or find a suitable doorway or alley and stay there until the crowd passes.
  • When leaving the fringe of the demonstration, just walk away—don't run, as this will draw attention to you.
  • In the event that you are arrested by the police or military, do not resist. Go along peacefully, and contact your embassy as well as your travel-insurance provider to help you resolve your predicament.
  • If you are caught up in the crowd, stay clear of glass shop fronts, stay on your feet, and move with the flow.
  • If you are swept along in the crush, create a space for yourself by grasping your wrists and bracing your elbows away from your sides. Bend over slightly; this should allow you breathing room.
  • If pushed to the ground, try to get against a wall, roll yourself into a tight ball, and cover your head with your hands until the crowd passes.
  • Remember to keep calm—the crowd should sweep past in a short amount of time.
  • If shooting breaks out, drop to the ground and cover your head and neck. Lie as flat as you can.

Trapped in a car during civil unrest

  • Never drive through a crowd.
  • If you find yourself in the path of a crowd, turn down the nearest side road, reverse, or turn around and drive away calmly.
  • If you cannot drive away, park the car, lock it, and leave it, taking shelter in a side street or doorway.
  • If you don't have time for this, stop and turn the engine off. Lock the doors and remain calm. Be sure not to show hostility or anger.

What to do after an incident

  • If it is unsafe to stay where you are, seek a place of safety in a less volatile area.
  • If you have suffered injury, seek medical assistance. Report any loss or damage to your property to the police.
  • Report your situation or whereabouts to family, friends, or business associates.
  • Report incidents to local police, and obtain a report reference. Where applicable, report and claim on your insurance. 

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