4 Safety Tips for the Republican National Convention 2016
In light of the Orlando shooting and other tragic events that have occurred this past year, security has spiked around large events. You can bet this will be true for the Republican National Convention 2016 in Cleveland, as hundreds of thousands of protesters are expected. As one of the most heated elections in American history, this year’s election will raise a lot of tension and emotions from everyone. With that being said, it’s very important that all of you are equipped with the right information so you can ensure your stay in Cleveland during the National Convention is as peaceful and pleasant as it can possibly be. So here are four safety tips for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland!
Be Careful When Speaking to Protesters
This is especially true if your opinions differ from that of the protester. Yes, it’s true that the United States is known for being a free country and we have the right to express our political opinions freely in a public setting – especially if the protesters are out doing the same. But here’s the thing about protests - peoples’ emotions are at peak levels when they’re protesting. So when passers-by challenge the protesters, or try to argue with them, there’s a good chance the situation could get heated and – unfortunately - violent. So just be mindful of what you say and how you say it when around any protests during the convention.
Report Strange Behavior
This goes for protesters as well as attendees of the convention. If someone is acting in a rather peculiar manner, pay attention to it, and if need be, report it to authorities at the event or call the police. For example, protesters will definitely be passionate about their opinions on the presidential candidates and the campaign overall. That’s a given. However, if you notice any of the protesters stepping out of their area, harassing anyone passing by, or acting a little too extreme, report it. Be vigilant if you are attending the event and just be aware of your surroundings and the people around you so you can stay as safe as possible.
Wear Comfortable Clothing
It may come off as an unrelated suggestion – after all, what could your clothing have to do at all with your safety, right? But as a matter of fact, your clothing could make a huge difference, especially if you’re in a crowded, chaotic setting where a lot could happen in just a matter of seconds. For example, let’s say you’re walking around in stiletto heels that you may already find difficult to walk in, and all of a sudden, a riot breaks out, forcing you to run with the crowd. You might find yourself being trampled over instead of sprinting to safety. So while you should still dress nicely, make sure you’re comfortable.
Stick to Your Travel Companions Like Glue
The Republican National Convention may not see over 1 million people in downtown Cleveland like the 2016 Cavs Celebration Parade did, but there will be enough to make getting around overwhelming – especially if you’re new to the city. If you’re traveling with family or friends, make sure you all stick together and know each other’s whereabouts at all times. In the case that you do get separated from your group, make sure you all have fully charged phones on you so you can call or text each other and meet back up later. It may also be a wise idea to identify a safe house for all of you to meet at in case of an emergency and you do get separated – this could be as simple as all meeting back at the hotel you’re staying at, or picking a well-known site in Cleveland like Progressive Field.
The Republican National Convention is an incredible experience to be part of, so make sure you stay safe and enjoy yourself. If you’re traveling across the country to be part of the event, review travel insurance as part of your planning as well!