8 Responses to “A few safety reminders for attending conferences or #rwa12”

  1. Margaret Ethridge July 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM #

    An excellent post. I see these very things happen all the time. I’ve also been a bit careless myself. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Jeffe Kennedy July 20, 2012 at 7:17 PM #

    Good advice, Angela! As a woman who travels a lot by herself for work, too, I totally agree. I also think that it’s smart to limit how many people know which room you’re in. There are too many stories now about female writers being harassed. On that note, if you’re walking to your room by yourself, or riding up in the elevator, and someone seems to be watching, following or just paying too much attention to you, feel free to get off on the “wrong” floor. Or “forget something” and go back down to the lobby. I had to do this at RT when a drunken attendee of another conference overheard a conversation in the elevator and, when the other gals got off, started asking me uncomfortable questions about what it means that I write erotica. Oops! Back down to the lobby for me!

  3. Yasmine Galenorn July 21, 2012 at 1:27 AM #

    Hell yes. Very good post and also, keep an eye on who might be following you as you head back to your room from the bar.

  4. Maria Powers July 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM #

    Stay aware of who is around you especially in the evenings. Carry a smaller purse that you can wear easily across your chest and in front of you – makes it harder to grab. I have people that I set up contact with when I travel. This way if I miss a call, someone will be concerned. This is my habit which makes it easier for police to then follow up on should something happen, and with a writer’s and/or a reader’s imagination, I am sure that you all can take it from there. Finally, if you haven’t put in an ICE contact on your cell phone, do it. This allows people to contact your “In Case of Emergency” contact easily. This will be a number you already have in your telephone, but it is much easier for officials to look at your contacts and then contact the number under ICE than try to figure out who to contact that shares your surname.

  5. Blythe Gifford July 23, 2012 at 4:42 PM #

    Let me reiterate the point about knowing where the exits/fire stairs are. If there is smoke in the hall, you won’t be able to see that glowing sign so well. Never assume it’s a false alarm if you hear the alarm sound! Be ready to evacuate.

  6. Giora August 4, 2012 at 8:30 AM #

    I don’t travel much, but waiting for your self-editing tips. Best wishes with your new newsletter.

  7. Anna M. Lee August 9, 2012 at 10:23 AM #

    Great advice, got to remember this when I got to my next conference!

  8. Lindsay Kiernan August 15, 2012 at 2:08 AM #

    Good to be careful, especially at large events.

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    "Good to be careful, especially at large events. My Blog"
  • Anna M. Lee:
    "Great advice, got to remember this when I got to my next conference!"
  • Giora:
    "I don’t travel much, but waiting for your self-editing tips. Best wishes with your new newsletter."
  • Blythe Gifford:
    "Let me reiterate the point about knowing where the exits/fire stairs are. If there is smoke in the..."
  • Ella Quinn:
    "Great advice. I’ll be there with business cards, and I’m excited to meet people I know from..."