Be Prepared: Violence Is Surging During the COVID-19 Pandemic

We are nearing the start of the holiday season with many thoughts on our minds, such as

How can we celebrate safely? Can we see and spend time with our families? Do we know all of the restrictions local governments are putting in place? Will our schools and child care facilities remain open? Our minds are full of questions and frustrations from a very troubling 2020. Despite all that is going on, the Institute for Childhood Preparedness has consistently reminded everyone to not forget about personal safety and security during this difficult time.

There Has Been An Uptick In Violence During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Our nation once again had a grim reminder that violent incidents have not stopped due to the pandemic. Within the past few weeks, there have been three mass attack events in various locations.


Mass Attack Incidents:

  • On Friday, Nov 20, 8 people were injured from gunfire at a suburban Milwaukee town shopping mall.

  • On Saturday, Nov 21, 2 people were killed, and two others were injured from gunfire at a Sonic Drive-in restaurant in a suburban Omaha, Nebraska town. There was also a truck fire, which was believed to have been armed with bombs.

  • On Sunday, Nov 22, 2 people were killed, and multiple people were injured from a stabbing attack at Grace Baptist Church in San Jose, CA.

Frustrations are higher than ever across the United States. As we have seen over the past few weeks, violence is not exclusive to large cities or certain types of locations. COVID-19 has increased frustrations, unemployment, domestic violence, and mental health issues, leading to a surge in violent attacks.


How To Stay Safe And Secure During These Violent Times

We must remain vigilant and keep safety in mind as we struggle with all of the COVID-19 precautions at our early childhood programs. Prepare ahead and always be alert no matter where you are. Let’s keep our kids safe, and hopefully, everyone will enjoy the holiday season.


The Institute for Childhood Preparedness teaches emergency preparedness and other safety techniques during our new hybrid training programs: online training followed by in-person practical training applications. Book a hybrid or in-person training by December 31, 2020, and receive a FREE $50 COVID-19 supply kit. Training can be scheduled for 2021. Schedule today.

Don’t be scared, be prepared. Please order your copy of the award-winning book, Preschool Preparedness for an Active Shooter by our Executive Director, Andrew Roszak. Thank you for supporting small businesses!

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