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How to Stay Safe When Traveling in a High-Risk World

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TERRORIST: American here?

Hands where we can see them!

Hands where we can see them!

TERRORIST: Are you an American?

Are you an American?

CAITLIN BURKE: No, this isn't a movie,

but it's not quite reality, either.

Who's a Christian here?

Who's an American?

Who's a Christian?

Raise your hand.

Who's an American?

Here at the Center for Personal Protection and Safety

in Reston, Virginia, instructors help

frequent travelers learn how to spot trouble and respond

to anything from a terrorism attack to pickpocketing.

We're living in a pretty extreme world environment

right now.

There have always been risks.

But we're seeing areas that traditionally

have been pretty safe to travel to,

that as you look at extremism and terrorism, areas

like Paris, Nice, France, Belgium, even London,

we're seeing other types of risks that historically just

haven't been there.

CAITLIN BURKE: Sandy participated

in today's high-risk travel training course

in preparation for a trip to Europe.

We're already kind of planning how will we carry ourselves?

What will we carry with us?

How will we respond to crowds, and all those kinds of things?

So it's very useful for us right now.

Randy Spivey is the CEO and founder

of the Center for Personal Protection and Safety.

He points out that situational awareness

is needed by more than just frequent travelers.

RANDY SPIVEY: If you think about it, the skills we taught today

apply when you travel or they apply

when you walk around Norfolk, Virginia, as well.

Because we're teaching how do you recognize potential warning

signs before they occur?

CAITLIN BURKE: Knowing how to react in a crisis

can pay off in the rare event that you find yourself in one.

There's a huge difference in how

people that are trained versus untrained respond in a crisis.

An untrained individual if they find themselves in that crisis,

they're going to be startled, afraid.

And then more than likely, they're

going to freeze and lock up.

A trained individual is going to be able-- they'll

be startled and afraid.

But then they're going to recognize, oh,

I have some options.

And they're able to move with purposeful action.

CAITLIN BURKE: The Center for personal protection and safety

uses a training method called stress inoculation.

Through realistic role play participants,

must respond the way they might if they were actually

in a crisis.

Reactions include increased blood pressure,

feeling shaky, and troubled putting together thoughts.

With the intensity of his voice,

it became more and more real.

So it really did get more stressful

with his continued fidgeting, and the gun,

and the high pitch.

And yeah, I forgot in a lot of ways

that it was just a training.

It felt real.

CAITLIN BURKE: One scenario involved terrorists

demanding that Christians raise their hands.

According to Spivey, this is where people often

make a mistake.

They feel like that they have to answer that.

To answer it no would be denying their faith.

To answer it yes, they wind up getting shot.

And so what we try and teach people is it's not I'm

your faith to not answer that question,

or to answer it with something other than yes or no.

You might be able to respond with I am a person of faith,

or, I'm so scared right now I'm having

a hard time even thinking about what you're asking me.

CAITLIN BURKE: Spivey believes that refusing

to confirm that you're a Christian

doesn't deny your faith.

It takes away the legitimacy of the person asking the question.

That initial capture phase of a hostage situation

is the most dangerous.

You have individuals that are trying

to come in and take control of the situation,

and they're not in control.

TERRORIST: One of you is going to die today.

Who's it going to be?

CAITLIN BURKE: Spivey says to remember these three C's

to help you get out of trouble.

Calm, connect, and capitalize.

Be a calming influence, especially at first.

Connect with your captor on a personal level

to become more than an object.

And then capitalize by encouraging a negotiated


TERRORIST: Well, what's your reason?

Why shouldn't I kill you?

I'm a mother.

TERRORIST: You're a mother.

I have a family.

TERRORIST: You have a family.

Well, that's a good start.

CAITLIN BURKE: In today's world, it's

about reaching a balance between two extremes--

paranoia and oblivion.

Being somewhere in the middle might just save your life.

Caitlin Burke, CBN News, Reston, Virginia.



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