Heightened Demonstration Awareness Due to SCOTUS Decision on Roe v. Wade
In coordination with our cross-sector life safety partners, including several organizations and senior officials across Illinois and Wisconsin, Titan Security is currently monitoring demonstration activity in or near the Chicago Loop and Milwaukee area in response of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs Wade.
Law enforcement and emergency management leaders anticipate large-scale protests may take place as a result. While potentially disruptive, these events are anticipated to be largely peaceful. There is a much higher concern for actions by violent lone actors – references were made to previous clinic bombings and potential vehicle rammings.
As information surrounding any demonstrations related to the Supreme Court’s decision becomes available, it will be posted on the Titan News and Resources hub.
Friday, June 24 (tentative) at 5:30pm: 230 S Dearborn (Federal Plaza), Group will gather for their cause “Emergency Response to Supreme Court Decision” **
** = Demonstration was planned to take place on the date SCOTUS abortion decision was announced
If you are attending any rallies in response to the pending Supreme Court opinion, take steps to prepare and protect yourself and help others in the event of a mass attack.
Types of Mass Attacks
- Individuals using firearms to cause mass casualties (active shooter).
- Individuals using a vehicle to cause mass casualties.
- Individuals using homemade bombs to cause mass casualties.
- Other methods used in mass attacks may include knives, fires, drones or other weapons.
- Stay alert. Always be aware of your environment and any possible dangers.
- If you see something, say something to local authorities. That includes suspicious packages, people behaving strangely or someone using strange communications.
- Observe warning signs. Signs might include unusual or violent communications, substance abuse, expressed anger or intent to cause harm. These warning signs may increase over time.
- Have an exit plan. Identify exits and areas to hide wherever you go, including work, school and special events.
- Learn lifesaving skills. Take trainings such as You Are the Help Until Help Arrives and first aid to assist the wounded before help arrives.
Survive DURING: Run, Hide, Fight
Run to Safety
- Seek safety. Getting away from the attacker is the top priority.
- Leave your belongings behind and get away.
- Call 9-1-1 when you are safe and describe the attacker, location and weapons.
Cover and Hide
- Cover and hide if you can’t evacuate. Find a place to hide out of view of the attacker and put a solid barrier between yourself and the threat if possible.
- Lock and block doors, close blinds and turn off lights.
- Keep silent.
Defend, Disrupt, Fight
- Fight only as a last resort. When you can’t run or cover, attempt to disrupt the attack or disable the attacker.
- Be aggressive and commit to your actions.
- Recruit others to ambush the attacker with makeshift weapons such as chairs, fire extinguishers, scissors, books, etc.
- Be prepared to cause severe or lethal injury to the attacker.
Help the Wounded
- Take care of yourself first and then, if you are able, help the wounded get to safety and provide immediate care. Call 9-1-1 when it is safe for you to do so.
Be Safe AFTER
When Law Enforcement Arrives
- Remain calm and follow instructions.
- Keep hands visible and empty.
- Report to designated areas to provide information and get help.
- Follow law enforcement’s instructions and evacuate in the direction they tell you to go. Listen to law enforcement for information about the situation. Share updates as you can with family and friends.
Safety Tips Near/During Protests
- If you see something suspicious, report it
- Carry water and stay hydrated
- Choose a landmark to meet at in case you are separated from your group
- Utilize the buddy system
- Remain alert and be observant of surroundings
- Leave any valuables at home
- Do not jump any barricades
- Secure handbags and wallets
- Stay calm and pleasant
- Follow your own instincts
- Leave yourself room to move quickly
Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast and emergency responders aren’t always nearby. You may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately. You Are the Help Until Help Arrives. Read more about the steps that can save a life from the Federal Emergency Management Agency here: https://community.fema.gov/PreparednessCommunity/s/until-help-arrives?language=en_US
As always, if you “See Something, Say Something.” For life-threatening emergencies, call 911. To report suspicious activity, call 855-RPRT-2-S4 (855-777-8274) in Illinois or 1-877-WI-WATCH (1-877-949-2824) in Wisconsin.
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