Riot / Violent Demonstration / Picketing

A riot is a situation in which a crowd of people are behaving violently, often trying to damage, destroy or steal property and/or people.  A riot can disrupt in a similar way as a violent natural disaster.


Fire departments become severely burdened and frequently cannot respond to alarms because of a lack of equipment or blocked streets. Polices departments can become overwhelmed and are often unable to do more than acknowledge reports of looting and vandalism.  Regular telephone service may be interrupted or severely overloaded. 


Be aware that if a situation became violent, Building Management may increase security measures and lock all Building entrances. Tenants should carry their keys and/or access cards with them in this event. 


In the event a violent situation occurs in or near your premises: 

  • Stay calm. 
  • If inside, do not leave premises. Lock doors. 
  • Do not be a spectator. Leave the area or avoid it if possible. 
  • Report the activity to the authorities and Building Management immediately. 
    • Authorities may be able to assist in limiting access of unauthorized personnel by establishing a perimeter around the demonstration.
  • In the unlikely event that it becomes necessary to evacuate due to a disturbance, follow the instructions of local authorities and the Building’s / your company’s evacuation plan. 


In the event you are approached by a demonstrator and/or become involved in a violent demonstration: 

  • Do not argue with or confront demonstrators, assailants, or persons appearing unbalanced. Persons may be carrying weapons and could use them if provoked. 
  • Do not block assailant escape or fight back forcibly unless a life-threatening situation. 
  • Call 911 when safe to do so.  
    • If possible, try to give a detailed description:
      • Gender
      • Age
      • Height 
      • Weight
      • Coloring of skin tone, hair, eyes, complexion
      • Facial hair, hair style 
      • Distinguishing features such as scars, birthmarks, tattoos 
      • Clothing, Glasses, Jewelry
      • Speech Patterns
      • Vehicle type, color, license plate (if applicable)
      • Method and direction of escape

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