British counterterrorism officials have released information on how best to survive a terror attack.
In light of the recent attack on an Orlando gay club, we’re republishing this information.
Officials have given the following specific advice in relation to attacks undertaken with firearms or other weapons.
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
Leave belongings behind
If you can’t RUN, HIDE
If you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you
Find cover from gunfire such as substantial brickwork or heavy reinforced walls
Be aware of your exits
Try not to get trapped
Be quiet, silence your phone
Lock and barricade yourself in
Move away from the door
Call police: What do the police need to know?
Location: Where are the suspects?
Direction: Where did you last see the suspects?
Descriptions: Describe the attacker, numbers, features, clothing, weapons
Provide further information: Casualties, type of injury, building information, entrances, exits, hostages
And stop other people entering the building if it is safe to do so
They also warned that when the police do arrive that they may point guns at you and “treat you firmly”. The advice continues:
When police arrive, they may point guns at you, treat you firmly, question you, and be unable to distinguish you from the attacker.
You ought to remain calm, keep your hands in view, avoid sudden movements that may appear a threat, and follow officers’ instructions