Imagine you are on an assignment with a client and suddenly there is an earthquake. As Executive Protection Agents, we are taught to prepare for the unexpected, however mother nature has a way of putting any type of preparation to a test, and a natural disaster of that scale would certainly apply.
Before the Earthquake:
- Determine safe zones in the area you are in. There is no such thing as downtime in our profession, and just as we identify potential threats, we can also mentally catalog safe havens for cover. Examples would be seeking shelter beneath a strong desk or pressing your client flat up against an interior walls.
- Make sure to avoid windows large mirrors, hanging objects, and heavy furniture.
During the Earthquake:
- Keep hands on your client. A persons natural inclination in a situation is to just pick a direction and run, or cower in place — both decisions might be fatal.
- If you are indoors, stay there. Quickly move to a safe location in the room such as under a strong desk, a strong table, or along an interior wall. The goal is to protect yourself from falling objects and be located near the structural strong points of the room. Avoid taking cover near windows, large mirrors, hanging objects, heavy furniture, heavy appliances or fireplaces.
- If you are outdoors, move to an open area where falling objects are unlikely to strike you or your client. Move away from buildings, powerlines and trees.
- If you are driving, pull over to the side of the road making sure to avoid stopping on or under bridges and overpasses, or under power lines, trees and large signs. At this point the vehicle is the safest place.
These tips apply to the Protector as well as the Protectee, remember you are no good to a client dead.
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