Nicely put Smoke.
I agree explosive violence is terrorizing and traumatizing. I have learned how to be safe in my immediate vicinity. I refer to it as my Mime box The
space just past arms length surrounding me. If someone is going to melt down there is not much I can do. However I can do plenty to ensure my Mime
Box of safety. This safety is lessened if seated behind a desk or counter where people approach you but there are things you can do.
I will assume you are at a desk and chair. Some tips include:
My rule is to stay alert and poised when in the seated position. That is, do not collapse fully relaxed into the chair. My instructor says the backs
of chairs are for hanging coats on, not our bodies.
Seat yourself in a forward position, back straight head up, feet on the floor ready to quickly stand up if needed. As well, I would ensure as open an
area that is possible behind your chair for quick retreat or push off if your chair has wheels. Practice a few shove offs in the morning or after
people have left. Some chairs will roll back pretty far and if you are seated in a forward position, with feet on floor, you can push harder with
If the evil doer has a gun then trouble for everyone around. If just a melee weapon than putting space between you and the attacker is the best
My instructor says that attackers will first give themselves away in the shoulder areas I like to look at the shoulders for tension or twitchy
Use splatter vision. That is allow your eyes to dart around inside and out scrutinize every detail. If someone looks sketchy look outside to see if
he has backup. Hoods, hats, long coats, sunglasses, or any other out of ordinary clothing patterns that might be used to avoid cameras or conceal
weapons should be scrutinized.
I think if I was worried about my safety I would have lots of things on my desk to improvise as weapons. Some nice large paper weights, book ends,
maybe even a cane, or a heavy metal lamp that could be used as a thumper. Small fire extinguishers in your drawer can really project quite far and
would be a good deterrent.
If I was you (assuming you are female) I would probably avoid high heels or other awkward footwear. Flats or comfortable shoes to be more mobile with
makes better sense if you are concerned for your safety.
A good defense course sounds like a good idea to boost your confidence and lower your anxiety levels. Combined with these tips you should if nothing
else feel a little more safe.
Keep your nose in the wind and your eyes along the skyline
[edit on 27-3-2010 by sparrowstail]