How can I stay safe if there is a terrorist attack?

In the unlikely event of a terrorist attack the advice from our Emergency Services is Stay Safe – Run, Hide, Tell.

  1. Run – Run away from the incident as fast as you can, do not stop to take pictures on your phone. Remember it is quite hard to hit a moving target for most gunmen.
  2. Hide – If you can’t run as your too close to the action HIDE. Lock or barricade doors, get in closets and hide under tables or in cupboards.
  3. Tell – Now is the time to use your phone if you can to report the incident and your location. You can make a silent 999 call if you are so close to the action you cant speak (see previous blog).

Police first used the ‘run, hide, tell’ advice following the London Bridge attack.

UK counter-terrorism police have released a four-minute video detailing their ‘run, hide, tell’ advice in the event of a firearms attack. It shows holidaymakers under attack at a hotel. The video narrative begins by saying that such attacks are rare but advises people to be prepared. Commenting on the video a National Counter Terrorism Policing spokesman said:

We know that from case studies and the testimony of people who have survived attacks that the advice given in the film has saved lives. While the general level of threat to the UK is SEVERE, the probability of being caught up in a firearms or weapons attack is very, very small. However, it is important the public know what to do in the event of getting caught up in such an incident.

You can watch the video by clicking here.

The special case of children and teenagers

It is especially important that we help our children and teens understand what they should do when faced with a situation such as a terrorist attack. We hope that such a thing would never happen to us or our families. However, the reality is that Britain faced an unprecedented threat after a wave of atrocities in 2017. This includes the Manchester bombing, in which a pop concert packed with young fans was targeted.

These atrocities have sadly resulted in some of the youngest victims of terror the UK has ever had. A police spokesperson urged children to ‘run, hide, tell’ from terror – not to take photos, a message that every young person should be taught.

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