As demonstrations continue to flare up in communities across the country, the safety of our staff, volunteers and donors becomes paramount. Below we offer guidance on what to do if you are in one of our buildings or vehicles in an area where a demonstration is occurring.
IF YOU’RE IN A RED CROSS FACILITY
If you have questions about the pre-determined safe room in the Red Cross facility in your community, contact the site manager or call 208-342-4500 and ask to speak to the site manager in that city.
If you receive an alert of pending violence, quickly decide whether to vacate or shelter-in-place. Identify a “safe” room or area to go if sheltering-in-place if deemed necessary. And check all exterior doors to ensure they’re locked.
Staff should also identify at least two routes they can use to exit the facility in the event their main route is blocked.
Boise, 15 N. Phillippi St.
Boise, 5380 W. Franklin Road
Idaho Falls, 1165 E. 17th St.
Idaho Falls, 1755 N. Yellowstone Highway
Lewiston, 508 Thain Road
Pocatello, 4155 Yellowstone Highway, Ste 128B
Bozeman, 300 N Willson Ave., Ste 103A
Great Falls, 1300 28th St. S., 3rd floor
Helena, 3150 N. Montana Ave., Ste. B
Kalispell, 126 N. Meridian Road
Missoula, 2401 N. Reserve St., Ste 6 & 7
IF YOU’RE IN A VEHICLE
- Stay informed of activities in your area and avoid areas where there are protesters.
- Avoid main routes if possible as they are likely to be occupied.
- Lock the doors.
- Stay in your car as long as possible.
- Unbuckle your seat belt, and those of any passengers, to be prepared to exit your car quickly.
- Keep your car moving as far as you can, whilst checking for possible escape routes.
- Avoid hitting any protesters with your vehicle as this may turn the mob against you.
- Do not taunt the protesters by shouting, gesticulating or hooting at them.
- Remain as calm as possible to ensure you are aware of what is going on around you.
- Seek assistance or safety from the police as quickly as you can. If you do not see the police, call them.
- Listen to police instructions.
- If you are stuck and the situation seems to be turning, leave your car and get out of the area on foot. Remember your life is more valuable than your car or any possessions inside.
- In the event that you are forced to leave your vehicle take the following actions:
- Attempt to blend in as best as possible.
- Move with the protesters but in a diagonal direction. Do not move against the flow.
- As soon as you are clear of the area, duck into a safe building if accessible and call for assistance.
- Once you are personally safe (with or without your vehicle) call your supervisor, family or friends to let them know where you are, and what is happening.