Always Be Aware

There are no words I can say about the recent events in Las Vegas that would truly express how I feel. So, instead, I want to offer up something else – about personal safety.

Let me start by saying there is NOTHING the people at the concert could have done to stop what happened. NOTHING. They were not at fault, they were just out to have a good time.

Wherever you go, I want you to be aware of what’s going on around you. Locate your routes of escape before there’s a problem. You don’t have to be paranoid and ducking for cover at the least little noise but know where the safe places are. And teach your children.

Look at what’s happening, instead of studying your phone. Eyes up makes you safer.

React as quickly as you can.

And help others in need. I’ve read so many stories of heroes who protected, and in some cases, gave their lives that others might live. For each of us it’s a personal decision in the moment of crisis. We don’t really know what we’d do. I’d like to think I’d help others. I’m not a hero, just someone who cares.

Lastly, stay calm. That one’s hard. How calm can you really be when the world is crumbling around you? Personally, I think it goes back to knowing your escape routes. If I know where I’m going there’s a little less panic. Calm is a relative term in times of crisis. Do the best you can. Duck and cover if you need to.

And always, be aware.

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