What to do in a terrorist incident

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The threat from terrorism is real and serious and we have seen that terrorists can strike at any time and any place without warning. In the very unlikely event of being caught up in a terrorist attack you can minimise the risk of harm to yourself and those with you, such as family members or colleagues:


If there is a safe route, escape if you can
• Insist others leave with you, but do not let their hesitation / indecision slow you down
• Leave belongings behind


• If you can’t run, hide
• Be quiet, silence your phone
• If you are in a room, lock / barricade yourself in and move away from the door
• If you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you
• Cover from view does not mean you are safe; find cover from gunfire (i.e. heavy brickwork or reinforced walls)
• Be aware of your exits and try not to get trapped


Communicate with the police when possible and safe to do so. They will want to know:
• Location - Where are the suspects and what direction are they moving in?
• Descriptions – Describe the attacker, numbers, features, clothing, weapons etc.
• Further information – Casualties, building information, entrances, exits, hostages etc.
• Stop other people entering the building if it is safe to do so


When police arrive, they may act firmly and you should ensure that you:
• Follow all instructions
• Don’t make any sudden movements or gestures
• Keep your hands visible at all times