Flash mobs: Communicate

Posted on September 20, 2011 by


This post is the fifth in a series intended to raise awareness and teach preparedness for dealing with violent flash mobs: large groups of organized individuals who meet together to perpetrate random and senseless brutality on their fellow citizens. My hope is that it will get you thinking and preparing for what could be the fight of your life.


Communication is easier than ever before. We live in an age of social media, in which we’ve made it stupidly easy to keep all of our friends, relations, and distant acquaintances updated on all of the most intimate details of our life via a post of 140 characters (or less). As we’ve already mentioned, violent criminals are now using this technology to organize and communicate securely on a level previously only available to law enforcement and the military.

But why shouldn’t we, the law-abiding citizens, leverage this new age of opportunities as well?

While there are a number of options available, the one I like the best is Google+ Huddle. Free to anyone with a Google account (and Google accounts are free), Google+ Huddle will install on your Android or iOS mobile device within seconds. Once installed, it allows you to create group chats or “huddles” with any number of your friends who are also using Google+. When you send a message via an individual huddle, it finds its way instantly to everyone in the chat.

I would recommend the use of two different huddles. The first should be a permanent huddle and should use all of your emergency contacts. Google+ allows for the creation of “circles” – groups of contacts. You can create an “emergency” or “core group” circle – the people that you need to get ahold of, make aware of your whereabouts, and possibly steer away in the event of a crisis.

Google+ Huddle is one of the many effective tools for communication in the Age of Social Media.

The second huddle would consist of whoever you happen to be with that day, if you are with a group. This makes an easy way to keep each other updated about your whereabouts if you get separated as well as communicate silently and inconspicuously when the need arises.

If nothing else, always make sure someone knows where you are going and what your expected time frame is. If you’re taking a day trip somewhere or doing a bit of sightseeing, set a predetermined rendezvous point in case of emergencies. All of these things take a minimal amount of preparation, but in a crisis, a few well-prepared buddies are the best asset you can have.