AVOID – DENY – DEFEND
This handout will serve as an accompaniment to the training video and discussion held at Lower Macungie Middle School on Thursday, September 12th, 2019.
AVOID starts with your state of mind.
- Pay attention to your surroundings at all times. Know what is going on around you. If you see or hear something suspicious, take action immediately. Do not hesitate.
- Second, have an exit plan. In any area where you spend time during the day, be aware of exits near you. In a real emergency situation, the closest exit may not be accessible or safe to use.
- If you have identified a threat, move away from the source of the threat as quickly as possible.
- While moving away from the threat, consider cover and concealment.
- The more distance and barriers between you and the threat, the better.
If it is too difficult or impossible for you to exit the area you are in, the best option may then be for you to DENY access to your location.
- In many locations, this can be accomplished by closing and locking the door. Locking the door is a simple but highly effective action.
- If the door does not have a lock, you can place heavy objects in front of it. This is called barricading. Barricading works best when the door opens towards you.
- If the door doesn’t open toward you, use things that are readily available, such as straps, belts, or objects that can be used to block or secure the door to make it difficult for anyone to enter the room.
- When attempting to deny access to your location, you want to make it appear that there is no one in your area. Lock doors, turn out the lights, silence your phones and get out of sight. If large objects are available, hide behind one.
If you cannot AVOID or DENY, you have a right to DEFEND yourself.
- Be in a place where you can act if an intruder comes into your location. In most rooms, you will line up on the same wall as the door is on, near the door so you can react, but not directly in front of it.
- Use objects in your environment to defend yourself if that becomes necessary.
- Be aggressive and committed to your actions.
- Attack weak spots such as eyes, throat, and groin. Fight to the best of your ability and do not quit until the attacker is stopped.
Whatever option you choose, call 911 as soon as you are in a safe location.
- Provide any information that you know.
- The operator will ask you a lot of questions.
- If you don’t know the answer, don’t guess. Just say you don’t know and only state the facts.
This will be a complex situation and nobody can tell you what you should do in every case. Ultimately, the choice is yours. What you do matters.
AVOID the danger.
DENY access to your location.