Terrorism Safety Advice
Terrorist attacks are rare. In the event you are caught up in an attack, the following advice can help to keep you safe:
Run Hide Tell
…gives some simple actions to consider at an incident and the information that armed officers may need in the event of a firearms and weapons attack. Full guidance is available at:
- Escape if you can.
- Consider the safest options.
- Is there a safe route?
- Can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?
- Insist others leave with you.
- Leave belongings behind.
- If you can’t RUN, HIDE.
- Find cover from gunfire.
- If you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you.
- Cover from view does not mean you are safe; bullets go through glass, brick, wood and metal.
- Find cover from gunfire e.g. substantial brickwork/reinforced walls.
- Be aware of your exits.
- Try not to get trapped.
- Be quiet, silence your phone.
- Lock / barricade yourself in.
- Move away from the door.
Call 999. What do the police need to know?
- Location – Where are the suspects?
- Direction – Where did you last see the suspects go?
- Descriptions – Describe the attacker/s, numbers, features, clothing, weapons etc.
- Further information – Casualties, types of injuries, hostages, building layout (entrances, exits, staircases etc.).
- Stop other people entering the building if it is safe to do so.
Armed police response
- Follow officers’ instructions.
- Remain calm.
- Can you move to a safer area?
- Avoid sudden movements that may be considered a threat.
- Keep your hands in view.
- Point guns at you.
- Treat you firmly.
- Question you.
- Be unable to distinguish you from the attacker.
- Officers will evacuate you when it is safe to do so.
For latest news and further information: www.counterterrorism.police.uk
To report suspicious behaviour online, which is not immediately concerning: www.act.campaign.gov.uk
For further information about Prevent and the signs of radicalisation: www.ltai.info
IN AN EMERGENCY ALWAYS DIAL 999