After the series of horrific terror attacks in France last Friday night, the UK government has released advice on what you should do if you are caught up in a Paris-style gunman attack…
The National Counter Terrorism Policing Security Office has released instructions suggesting if you get caught up in a similar incident should try to “escape if you can” and if this is not possible, then hide.
People are also advised, while hiding from attackers, to put their mobile phones on silent and stay away from doors – as bullets can penetrate them.
The document – which was posted on the official gov.uk website – states that once a person has escaped to safety or hidden they should call 999 and give information to the police.
The advice says: “Escape if you can, consider the safest routes. Is there a safe route? Run – if not, hide. Can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?”
Like in most emergency procedures, the document insists you leave your belongings behind and encourage other people to leave with you as you escape.
The document adds:
If you can’t 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 go through glass, brick, wood, and metal. Find cover from gunfire e.g. substantial brickwork or heavy reinforced walls.
Be aware of your exits, try not to get trapped, be quiet, silence your phone. Lock or barricade yourself in, and move away from the door.
It also gives extra advice on what to do when the armed police arrive on the scene and warns victims that officers may have difficulty telling the difference between attackers and innocent bystanders.
Those who are in charge of the buildings are told to identify entry and exit points and ensure staff know what to do in the event of a terrorist threat. The document is accompanied by a short film called “Stay Safe”.
Security presence in the UK has been increased since Friday’s attacks in Paris, which killed 132 people.