Tips for Being Emergency Prepared in Public Spaces

Life’s a rollercoaster. And just like on a rollercoaster, we’ve got to be prepared for those unexpected twists and turns. Whether you’re shopping in the city centre, taking a stroll in the park, or grabbing a bite at your favourite restaurant, emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. But fear not, because SafeKab has got your back with some practical tips to keep you emergency prepared and Safe-and-sound!

Stay Alert and Aware

First things first, friends. The key to being emergency prepared in public spaces is staying alert and aware of your surroundings. No need to be paranoid, just keep your wits about you.

Put the Phone Down (Sometimes!)

We get it, smartphones are like our second brains nowadays, but try not to bury your face in them all the time. Keep your head up, and occasionally glance around. You never know when you might spot something unusual or sense trouble brewing.

Trust Your Gut

Ever had that “something doesn’t feel right” feeling in your gut? Listen to it! Your intuition is a powerful tool. If a situation or a person gives you the creeps, don’t ignore it. Move away or seek help if needed.

Know Your Escape Routes

Being emergency prepared means knowing how to make a swift exit if necessary. It’s like planning your escape from a boring party, but with a little more urgency!

Check Fire Exits and Emergency Exits

Whenever you enter a building, especially crowded ones like shopping centres, take a moment to locate the nearest fire exits or emergency exits. These are your quickest way out in case of trouble.

Identify Safe Zones

In open spaces like parks or beaches, figure out where you can take cover in case of severe weather or unforeseen situations. Look for shelters or sturdy structures nearby to keep emergency prepared.

Communicate Effectively

When it comes to emergencies, communication is key. Let’s dive into some tips on how to keep the lines of communication open.

Emergency Contacts

Save important contacts in your phone under “ICE” (In Case of Emergency). This helps emergency services know whom to contact if something happens to you.

Learn Basic Sign Language

Knowing some basic sign language can be a lifesaver in noisy or chaotic situations. Consider learning some simple signs for help, danger, and medical assistance. It might come in handy someday!

BSL Basic Signs

Pack an Emergency Kit

Having a small emergency kit with you can make a world of difference when things go south. Think of it as your own personal superhero utility belt!

Essentials to Include

In your kit, pack items like a flashlight, a mini first-aid kit and some non-perishable snacks. These can be real lifesavers in a pinch!

Keep It Light

Remember, this isn’t a camping trip. Keep your kit lightweight and easy to carry. A backpack or a good-sized handbag can be a practical choice.

Emergency Prepared

Stay Calm and Act Smart

Okay, an emergency just popped up. It’s time to put your cool-headed superhero cape on and make smart decisions!

Stay Calm, Don’t Panic

The first rule of emergencies: don’t panic. Take a deep breath, assess the situation, and remember what you’ve learned. Panic won’t help anyone.

Follow Instructions

Listen to authority figures, emergency services, or anyone giving clear instructions. They know what they’re doing and can guide you to safety.

#SafetyFirst with SafeKab

Book A SafeKab: Take the #safetyfirst option and order a safe secure taxi to take you to and from your destinations. When booking with SafeKab you can be sure of a safe ride home after a safe day or night out!

Our safety features include:

  • The Power to Choose your driver, vehicle and price you pay for your ride. Giving you full control and transparency over your journey.
  • Unique Safety Code for you and your driver so you know you’re in the right vehicle.
  • Journey Monitoring so you can see where you are, the road home and also share this information with a loved one.
  • A Panic Button is embedded in our app so if you feel vulnerable at any time, you can press the button and notify both SafeKab’s local cab office and a loved one.
  • SafeKab Credit means that you don’t need to carry money or a card to get your ride home. Money can be deposited in your in-app wallet so there is always cash to get you home after a great night out.

Use SafeWalk If You’re Walking Alone: If you’re walking home, please take advantage of SafeKab’s new ‘SafeWalk’ feature.

SafeWalk allows you to share your walk home with a loved one so they can keep an eye on your journey every step of the way. We have also developed a ‘panic button’ that stays on your phone screen, so should you feel threatened you can press the button and notify both the local SafeKab office and a loved one that you need help. With our FREE SafeWalk function, you need never walk home alone ever again!

SafeWalk is completely free to use for anyone who downloads the app! It’s a fantastic tool for students, schools, families, lone women, and anyone who might feel vulnerable while travelling alone. Download the app now and be sure of a safe end to a safe night out.