|Prevent – Run/Hide/Tell
Run, hide, tell was implemented by the National Counter Terrorism Security office in 2015 as advice for the public on steps they can take to keep themselves safe in the rare event of a firearms or weapons attack. Although firearms and weapons attacks are rare it is important that we all know what to do if there are any incidents.
Run – 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 and leave belongings behind
Hide – If you cannot run then 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. Find cover from gunfire behind substantial brickwork/heavy reinforced walls, be aware of your exits, try not to get trapped, be quiet – including your phone, lock/barricade yourself in, move away from any doors.
Tell – Call 999 and report what you have seen, if you can not speak then listen to the instructions that the call taker gives you.
What does this mean to you?
Luckily, most of us will never experience a firearms or weapons attack directly but it is important that we know what to do and how to keep ourselves as safe as possible in this eventuality. Do you know what you would do?