Walking Alone

 

Top 10 “Tips for Safely Walking Alone”

 

Life is full of adventures; however, there are many dangers and risks that should be avoided.  When walking your pet, walking to and from work, going to a restaurant, club or exercising, try to avoid doing this alone.  Walk in a group or pairs!  Not only can this be enjoyable, but it also helps minimize the opportunity of danger (such as being mugged or molested) approaching you.  If you have to walk alone, follow Genesis Security Groups Top 10 “Tips for Safely Walking Alone”. 

  1. Carry a cell phone.    A cell phone is great to you use if there is an emergency.     Before taking your cell phone with you, ensure it is charged and the contact numbers are on speed dial.
  2. Carry a noise maker (i.e. whistle or personal alarm) to alert others if something is wrong.
  3. If you plan to walk in the dark, wear bright reflective clothing and carry a flashlight.  This will help increase visibility for other drivers.
  4. Avoid wearing headphones in your ear while walking.   If you wish to listen to music with headphones, have a headphone in one ear.  This is an important step to follow, as you may not be alert and able to hear if danger is approaching.
  5. Walk with confidence.  Don’t look afraid, walk with your head up, at a steady pace, and provide eye contact to individuals who pass you.
  6. Let someone know your where about’s including the route you will be taking and the time you plan to leave and return.
  7. Walk facing traffic!  Especially if there are no sidewalks this will better help you prepare for dangers that may be coming towards you.
  8. Avoid taking short cuts and walking in dark alleys.  It is important to stay in areas that are well lit and busy.
  9. Trust your instincts!  If you have a feeling someone is following you cross the road and go to a location that is public and safe such as the nearest gas station, police station or restaurant.
  10. Have your keys ready!  This will help avoid searching for them and being distracted while trying to get into your car or house. 
     

Need more information?  Refer to the links below

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 Canadian Living- 9 ways to stay safe when walking alone
 Macmaster- Safety tips when walking home alone 
 West Vancouver Safety Tips 

Safety Tips for Walking Home

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Importance of Preparing for an Emergency

 

Top 10 Emergency Preparedness Tips

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Top 10 “Emergency Preparedness Tips”

 

With the recent natural disasters that have occurred around the world, it is important for everyone to start preparing themselves.  During an emergency, you may not have access to assistance for upwards of 72 hours. In order to be better prepared, Genesis Security Group presents the Top 10 “Emergency Preparedness Tips”.

  1. It’s important to know the natural disasters that can occur in your region in order to anticipate what your needs may be. Examples of natural disasters include: avalanches, earthquakes, extreme weather, and floods.
  2.  Create an emergency plan for you and your family.  Information to cover and discuss should be: location of the fire extinguisher, the exit route, establish a meeting spot outside the home where everyone can meet in the event you are separated.  Also have a list of contacts of who can pick up your child if you are unable to.
  3. Practice emergency preparedness procedures such as “duck and cover” (earthquake), “stop drop and roll” (fire), and how to exit in a timely manner.
  4. Pets are not usually allowed in the emergency shelters, so make prior arrangements to ensure your pet is safe.
  5. Check with your local community centre, and familiarize yourself with the emergency evacuation plan.
  6. Prepare a basic emergency kit.  Make sure you have water to last three days, non perishable food items, batteries, flashlights, battery operated radio, emergency contact list, first aid kit, and clothing.
  7. Replenish the emergency kit every six months.  Check expiry dates on food and batteries, and ensure contact lists are correct.
  8. Evaluate and make sure your insurance policies are up to date and cover disasters that are common in your region.
  9. It is important that an emergency contact list is placed on the fridge and by the phone to ensure that they are accessible.  Also make sure if you have smaller children they understand to call 911 in an emergency situation.
  10. The key to staying safe during an emergency situation is to stay calm and focused and follow your plan.

If you have questions or comments post below and the Genesis Security Expert will respond.

Video on Preparing a Emergency Kit

Additional Reference Links:

http://vancouver.ca/emerg/prepyourself/supplykit.htm

http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-eng.aspx

http://www.lloydminster.ca/emobroc.html