Ease Your Fears With Practical Awareness

Spencer Coursen Safe Haven

You’re marching in a peaceful protest when you suddenly hear shots & screams.

What do you do? Where do you go?

Police Shootings Protests Dallas
Protesters march during a Black Live Matter rally in downtown Dallas on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Multiple media outlets report that shots were fired later Thursday during the protest over two recent fatal police shootings of black men. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Learn to ease your fears by empowering yourself with awareness.

A safe haven is anywhere you can go to be protected, so take a few minutes every day — wherever you are — to identify the nearest safe place.

For most of us, the best Safe Haven will be our homes…but what about those times when home is too far away?

When moments matter most, you want to have a plan, you want to know where to go, and know how to get there.

The same things goes for your children.

No one fears that which they know well which means children are at their best when they are empowered to overcome to overcome their fears. Instead of burdening children with “what if” fears, empower them with “If this” solutions.

The following are three simple solutions for parents looking to empower their children with a positive personal safety strategy.

Traveling somewhere new? When in doubt: “Run to a Restaurant.”

Restaurants make great safe havens!

  • They are easy to describe
  • They are easy to identify
  • They can accommodate large groups of people
  • They will have food, water, and bathrooms
  • They are staffed by locals who know the area
  • And they will have hard lined phone an internet so you can still let your loved ones know you’re ok even if the cell towers go down

Make identifying safe havens a regular part of your family emergency plan so that everyone knows where to go and everyone knows where to be found if your family should get separated.

Identifying Safe Havens is a lot like wearing your seatbelt; most of the time you won’t need it — but in those unexpected times you do — you’ll certainly be glad you did.


Spencer Coursen is a nationally recognized threat management expert who has an exceptional record of success in the assessment, management, and resolution of threats, domestic and global security operations, investigations, policy authorship, and protective strategy.

Spencer Coursen | Threat Management Expert

Spencer Coursen | Threat Management Expert | Washington, DC


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