Staying Safe

     Who's a Friend?
     Cars Strangers
     On the Phone
     On the Computer
     Who's Watching You?
     Fight Back

One cold and frosty morning, a young bird fell out of his nest. He couldn't fly and became very cold. Now along comes a cow, who lifts up her tail, and plop, covers the bird with a warm steamy cow pie. The bird is now warm and comfortable, and begins to sing. About this time a coyote, attracted by the singing, walks over to the bird, pulls him out of the cowpie, brushes the dirt off... and then gobbles him up.

The moral of the story is that not everyone who shits on you is your enemy, not everyone that pulls you out of the shit is your friend, and when you're in deep shit, it's best to keep your mouth shut!

Source: 1974 movie called "My Name Is Nobody" starring Henry Fonda and Terrence Hill.The Five Minute Management Course


When someone offers you candy, that doesn't mean he's a nice person. Some men offer you candy so that you'll trust them and then they can take you away and do bad things to you. Don't even talk to them. Shout "No!" and run away.


If you are in trouble somewhere, don't shout "help!" Shout "fire!" That will get people's attention and that's what you want. If you see a real fire, dial 9-1-1. Run away as fast as you can, and scream as loud as you can. If he catches you, keep screaming. If he puts his hand over your mouth, bite it. Scratch, bite, and kick.

Strangers, Cars & Candy

Never get into a car with a stranger even if they offer you candy, or say your mom or dad had an accident and want to take you to the hospital. Only trust someone you know or a police officer.


Call 9-1-1 for any emergency. Don't hang up the phone. You don't even need to talk. Unfortunately, cell phones don't let the police or firemen to locate you as easily as other phones.

Alone at Home

Keep all the doors locked. Never open the door unless you know who it is. If they say they have to call someone, ask them for the phone number and tell them you'll make the call. Something happened to my mom in her home. Please don't let it happen to you.

On the Phone

Don't tell them your parents are out for the evening.

Text Messaging

If you haven't me the person you're texting, don't give out any personal information.

Face Book & Instant Messaging

If you haven't me the person you're texting, don't give out any personal information.

Using the Bus

If it's late and no one is around, or for some reason you don't feel safe waiting for the next bus, give us a call and we'll come and get you, or call a taxi. We'll pay for it.

Use Common Sense

Don't go out late at night. Don't wear revealing clothing. Tell us where you are going and when you'll be back. Call us if your plans change.

Who's Watching You?

Be aware of your surroundings. Are there any emergency phones around? Do you see any security cameras? Security guards? When you're walking, stay away from any bushes or large objects that someone could jump out from. Stay clear of cars. If someone asks you for directions, stay out of reach. If you can't hear them, ask them to speak up, don't get close. Better yet, just keep walking. If you see someone looking at you, notice what they are wearing, their hair color, any distinguishing features about them.

Never tell someone you are alone. Lie and say, your boyfriend is getting you a table. Never take your eyes off the person you are talking to. The minute you look away, you are vulnerable. Stay out of reach.

Learn How to Fight Back

Leave a Mark Scratch his face. If you don't have fingernails, take out your keys and dig one into his eyes then pull it down. This is a mark that he won't easily be able to cover up. Be careful if you have mace or knife because it can be used against you.

Remember, the goal is not to hurt or kill him. The goal is to surprise him so you have a chance to run away and get someplace where there are other people around. If he's holding you from behind, bite his arm hard. If you can't bite, stomp his foot with your heel.

If he's in front of you raise your knee hard and fast between his legs. If he's trying to pull you toward him, pull away and then suddenly rush forward, this will throw him off balance and he will fall backward. As he falls, his grip will loosen and you should be able to stay upright and break away.

If you can reach his thumb or pinky, bend it backward quickly and try to break it off.

Never ever allow someone to force you into his car. If you do, you mihgt never come back. Ignore his threats. It's better to be hurt in a public place where there are witnesses, than in a deserted alley or forest where no one is around.

Yell, "fire!" because people don't pay attention if you shout "help!"

What are you Wearing?

Your clothes send a message. What kind of message do you want to send? The way you walk sends a message. High heels will give you a sexy walk, but they make you unstable and are impossible to run in.

Date Rape

When you say, "no!" say it loudly and forcefully. Slap him to make your point.


vNever use a cell phone when you drive, even if it's a handless one. The problem is using your brain not your mind. A split second of destraction is all it takes. You were with me when I ran into a woman's rear end at a stop sign, because I was fooling with a CD for the CD player.

Some Perspective

43,000 people die each year in car accidents. That's equal to one plane crash a day killing 120 people. But news reports rarely talk about car crashes because only a few people die at a time. So most people think it's more dangerous to fly than drive.

Surprisingly, this is about the same number of people who die each year in the United States from the flu (36,000) and upper respiratory infections (RSV) and additional 11,000 (mostly the elderly). See the Center for Disease Control

Activities that could increase a person's chance of death, at any given time, by one in a million.

Source: the patient from hell by Stephen Schneider

When judging risks, we often go wrong by using what�s called the availability heuristic: we gauge a danger according to how many examples of it are readily available in our minds. Thus we overestimate the odds of dying in a terrorist attack or a plane crash because we�ve seen such dramatic deaths so often on television; we underestimate the risks of dying from a stroke because we don�t have so many vivid images readily available.
Source: John Tierney, Predictions for 2008, Jan 2, 2008