What to do in the event of a terrorist attack. Guidance issued by Counter Terrorism Policing for members of the public.
In the unlikely event of a terrorist attack, remember to follow RUN HIDE TELL – guidance which can be applied to many situations and places.
escape if you can
consider the safest options
is there a safe route? RUN, if not HIDE
can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?
insist others leave with you, but don’t let their indecision slow you down
leave belongings behind
do not attempt to film the incident. RUN
If you cannot 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 can go through glass, brick, wood and metal. You must still HIDE, even if you are behind a locked door
find cover from gunfire behind substantial brickwork or heavy reinforced walls
be aware of exits
try not to get trapped
be quiet, silence your phone and turn off vibrate
lock and barricade
move away from the door
When it is safe to do so, TELL bycalling 999
What do the police need to know? If you cannot speak or make a noise, listen to the instructions given to you by the call taker:
nature of the incident – what is happening?
location – where is the incident taking place? Give an address or general location
suspects – where are the suspects?
direction – where did you last see the suspects?
descriptions – describe the attacker, numbers, features, clothing, weapons etc.
further information – casualties, type of injury, building information, entrances, exits, hostages etc.
stop other people entering the building if it is safe to do so
RUN HIDE TELL Leaflet
Printable Leaflet to advise in an event of a terrorist attack