As I write this, news reports are just now filtering in about the explosions at the Boston marathon. I can only imagine how chaotic the scene must be. I pray those injured heal quickly and that the person or people behind the explosions are caught soon.
Being trapped in a panic-stricken crowd can be deadly. Here’s what to do.
The first order of business is to get out of the crowd. Trying to fight your way in the opposite direction is a recipe for failure. Instead, move across the crowd. Walk at an angle, moving toward one side of the group. If you are with family or friends, lock arms to try and stay together. Holding hands may not be sufficient. Small children should be carried if at all possible.
If you stumble and fall, do everything you can to get back to your feet immediately. If this proves impossible, curl up and cover your head with your arms to protect it.
Once you reach the sidelines of the crowd, keep going. If possible, head down side streets that may be less traveled. If there are storefronts, consider ducking inside and ask to use the back door to get away from the crowd.
Don’t stop moving until you get far away from the crowd. Then, assess any injuries and make plans for how to get back home.