Minneapolis issues safety tips for residents' safety amid expected violent protests, unrest

Minneapolis issues safety tips for residents' safety amid expected violent protests, unrest Photo: KSTP/Ashley Zilka .

Updated: May 30, 2020 07:27 PM
Created: May 30, 2020 06:36 PM

Saturday, the city of Minneapolis issued a number of tips for residents to remain safe as continued violent protests and unrest is expected in reaction to the death of George Floyd.

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The city said the police department does not have intelligence that groups plan to target residential buildings. The city encourages residents to "make their properties less attractive to persons with ill intent."

The city's suggestions include:

  • Be aware of suspicious activities/groups.
  • Be aware of large gatherings.
  • Call 911 if you are witnessing suspicious activity.
  • Remove anything from your lawn that could be flammable or a projectile through a window.
  • Store dumpsters in your garage or move to hidden area in backyard. Consider wetting down the inside contents if they have to be left outside in view.
  • Keep LIGHTS ON and some windows open to hear noises that may be approaching. (use caution with windows that may be easily accessed from the ground).
  • Watch local news for current information.
  • Have an escape plan and a to-go bag (remember to take along any medicines you may need).
  • If you need to be outside, wear a headlamp, bright colors and reflective clothing.
  • Charge cell phones. Cell towers may go out.
  • Have alternative ways to communicate with your neighbors and help them to make a plan in case things do get bad.
  • Have garden hoses ready and untangled for possible use.
  • Check your floodlights; door lights; KEEP THEM ON.
  • Soak down wood fences and surfaces
  • If you have a Little Library- empty it.
  • If you have a fire extinguisher- get it ready.
  • Check on each other- especially older neighbors, and the vulnerable.

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