If you see/hear/witness a hostage
situation taking place:
- Get away from
being in immediate danger.
- Call Security at
33 or 1-660-349-9513 and/or call 911.
- Provide as much
information as possible; i.e., location of incident; number of hostage
takers and hostages; physical description and names of the hostage takers
(if known); any weapons the hostage takers may have; and your name,
location and phone number.
If you are taken hostage:
- Remain calm, be
polite, and cooperate.
- Avoid heroics and
- Do not try to be
- Do not attempt
to escape unless there is an extremely good chance for survival. It is
better to be submissive and obey your captor(s).
- Speak normally.
Do not complain or become belligerent. Comply with all orders and
- Do not draw
attention to yourself with sudden body movements, comments or hostile
observe the captor(s) and try to memorize their physical traits, voice
patterns, clothing, and other details that can help provide a description
- Avoid getting
into political or ideological discussions with your captor(s).
- Try to establish
a positive relationship with your captor(s) and get to know them. Captors
are generally less likely to harm you if they have a personal connection
or respect for you.
- If you are
forced to present any type of demands to the authorities, either on tape
or in writing, state clearly that the demands are from the captor(s).
Avoid making any pleas on your own behalf.
- Try to stay low
to the ground or behind cover from windows or doors, if possible.
In a rescue situation:
- DO NOT RUN. Drop
to the floor and remain still. If that is not possible, keep your hands
out and visible, bow your head, and stand still. Make no sudden movements
that a tense rescuer may interpret as hostile or threatening.
- Wait for
instructions and obey instructions you are given.
- Do not be upset,
resist, or argue if a rescuer isn’t sure whether you are a hostage or a
- Even if you are
handcuffed and searched, DO NOT resist. Just wait for the confusion to
- You will be
taken to a safe area where proper identification and status will be
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