Tensions have been high in Baltimore all week after intense protests and riots broke out on Monday in response to the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died from spinal cord injury while in police custody. Authorities have spent the week trying to contain the violent outbursts and maintain peace in the city.
As the week draws to a close, the protests are expected to continue at least into the weekend. What started as displays of anger over an untimely death has grown into numerous demonstrations around the world. People in cities from Philadelphia to New York and all the way to Jerusalem are taking to the streets to show support of Baltimore and protest police brutality.
Turbulent times such as these can be frightening and confusing for anyone near the situation. With demonstrations sprouting up everywhere, it is crucial that you continue to take the steps to protect yourself, your employees, and your building from being caught in the fire when civil disturbance occurs.
Here are a few suggestions on how to handle a civil disturbance situation in your area:
Avoid the disturbance:
- If a group looks suspicious, or if there are more people in an area than usual, take caution and leave the area.
- Try to leave the area before situations escalate. Take routes that avoid areas with protesters.
- Notify your co-workers and visitors about the disturbances and warn them to avoid personal contact with demonstrators.
Secure the building:
- Notify employees and visitors to lock all doors and secure all sensitive areas.
- Advise employees to carry their access keys with them, as access control may be activated.
- Report, but do not touch any foreign or unusual items that are left behind by any demonstrators who were able to access the building or your suite.
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