Police issue crowd safety tips for holiday weekend

DEARBORN — The city of Dearborn will host several popular events throughout the year. These events bring thousands of people together in the same place at the same time.

The Dearborn Police Department wants the public to be prepared should they find themselves in a dangerous situation or a panicked crowd. Below are some general crowd safety tips to make sure visits to the city are safe and memorable:

Be Prepared Make a Plan
• First and foremost make a plan. Assess your situation. Ask yourself “Where am I standing?” “What would I do if something happened?”

• Be prepared by making yourself aware of your surroundings. No matter where you are make sure you know a way out. If you can, try to leave the place from a different way than the one you came in.

• Use a buddy system in a crowd. Stay with your buddy at all times. Your group should have a place to meet; in the case you get separated. If you fall down in a panicked crowd, your buddy can assist you and pull you back up.

Stay Informed Follow Instructions
• Listen for news on what to do, where to go, or places to avoid.

• You will be told to take one of two actions: evacuate or shelter-in-place.

• Which way do I evacuate? Do not ignore barricades, and go with the flow of the crowd.

• Listen to instructions carefully. During some incidents, certain areas may be told to evacuate and other areas told to shelter-in-place (during a severe thunderstorm).

• If outside, move away from anything that might fall on you, especially debris from buildings such as glass, and watch out for wires or downed power lines. Avoid glass and stand next to something solid.

• Stand away from something that could conceal any type of explosive device.

Ways the public may be notified:
• Television or radio announcements.

• Alerts on special weather radio, NIXLE.

• Sirens or public address systems on emergency response vehicles.

• Social media via city of Dearborn on Twitter and Facebook. Follow DHS online at Twitter and Facebook.

“If You See Something, Say Something”
• Remember this nationwide campaign. If you see something suspicious taking place then report that behavior or activity to Dearborn police at 313-943-3030 or in the case of emergency call 911.

• If you see someone put down a bag and walk away, notify security right away.

Follow DHS online at Twitter and Facebook. Follow the city of Dearborn on Twitter and Facebook. The social media links provided are for reference only. DHS and city of Dearborn do not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

For additional information go to the city of Dearborn website, www.cityofdearborn.org.