As a writer of a disability blog, and of course a wheelchair user myself; my thoughts turn to those who have and are still being subjected to this thuggish behaviour throughout the capital and the areas of associated behaviour throughout the country.
I’m sure that by this hour of the day on Tuesday 9th, we have all seen the incredible pictures of the terror stricken woman in Croydon who jumped from her first floor fire engulfed flat last night into the arms of the firemen waiting below- how utterly petrifying must that unimaginable experience have been?
Although it appears, (fingers crossed), that my husband and I may have been a little paranoid and over prepared tonight, it does raise a very interesting point that should I face an emergency situation such as those frightful scenes that those poor soul were subjected to last night, in some instances I simply wouldn’t have stood a chance.
As I understand it, every large, recently built accommodation block such as mine, has to have an emergency escape plan, but these are of course for the ‘normal’ able bodied resident generally.
a.) We all think about things and are prepared.
b.) Look out for those who we may be able to assist.
c.) Highlight to people that life is always that little bit more difficult than however difficult the norm may be.
Be safe, look out for one another and pray for peace on our streets again.