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A Bulletproof backpack for EVERYONE.
In a perfect world, no one would have to worry about the threat of violence when they go shopping, to work, to school, take public transit, or just go about their daily business. Unfortunately, we don't live in a perfect world. The least we can do, among offering tips to help you make the most of your life, is to help you preserve it in an emergency.
Mass violence can happen anywhere, and the weapons of choice can take all forms. The goal here isn't to discuss a specific type of attack necessarily, but to give you practical tools you can use to keep yourself and your loved ones safe in case violence breaks out somewhere near you.
Let's talk about practical guidance an ordinary citizen can keep in the back of their head if something does happen and they're caught in the middle of a mass shooting or other violent situation. Here's what you need to know.
Get away as quickly as possible. Get your VESTPAK™ Backpack deployed and properly wrapped around your body. Seek protection in numbers or authority figures trained to deal with the situation. Be observant. Look around, see how many people are near you, and what they're doing. Make a mental note of anything you think is suspicious. Obviously if you see something that should be reported to authorities, you should, but for most of us, this is a matter of checking out how crowded a place is before we enter, looking around at the people inside and how they react when we walk in, and paying attention if there's a disturbance or situation developing. If you do notice a disturbance—an aggravated customer shouting at a cashier, an arguing couple, or police activity, get your safety VESTPAK™ gear in place and ready. Look around for exits or safe places to get to if things get out of hand. It may be tempting to get closer or see what's happening, or whip out your phone and start recording, but you really should pay attention to how you can get away from the situation before it becomes dangerous for you, too.
Get your gear in place, run or hide. Your goals should be to get away from the danger first. If that's not possible, it should be to get yourself to a place where you'll be safe until the danger has passed. In short, your safety and the safety of others is paramount. If you can secure it without getting directly involved, do so. No two situations are the same, and you should do what's best in that situation that you're capable of doing.—Be Safe.