Monday, July 3, 2017
The horrific terrorist incidents that have taken place in London and Manchester over the last few weeks will have prompted many of us to think about how we would respond if we saw suspicious activity taking place or if we were unfortunate enough to be caught up in an attack.
The likelihood of this happening is very low. There is no intelligence to suggest that Nottingham is a target for any terrorist activity and the council and its partners have worked hard over the years to keep Nottingham a safe place to live, work and visit.
However, please take the time to read the important advice provided below on what do if you are caught up in a terrorist attack and how to share information on any suspicious behaviour or activity you see.
Run, Hide, Tell
The Police service has released a short public information video called ‘Stay Safe: Firearms and Weapons Attack’ which sets out the key options for keeping safe should the worst happen. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/stay-safe-film
The video advises those who get caught up in an incident to ‘run, hide and tell’ - guidance which can be applied to any place. We know that from case studies and real life testimony based on the experiences of people who have survived attacks the advice given in the film has saved lives.
- 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 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 go through glass, brick, wood and metal
- Find cover from gunfire e.g. substantial brickwork / heavy reinforced walls
- Be aware of your exits
- Try not to get trapped
- Be quiet, silence your phone and turn off vibrate
- Lock / barricade yourself in
- Move away from the door
Call 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
- Location - 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
ARMED POLICE RESPONSE
- Follow officers instructions
- Remain calm
- Can you move to a safer area?
- Avoid sudden movements that may be considered a threat
- Keep your hands in view
- Point guns at you
- Treat you firmly
- Question you
- Be unable to distinguish you from the attacker
- Officers will evacuate you when it is safe to do so
You must STAY SAFE
- What are your plans if there were an incident?
What are the local plans? e.g. personal emergency evacuation plan
citizenAID - new app
citizenAID is a free app, building on Run, Hide Tell, suitable for all smart phones which provides clear and simple actions informing the general public on immediate actions in a shooting, stabbing or bomb incident and how to give life-saving first aid to the injured.
If you require any further information on Emergency Planning please e-mail email@example.com
Reporting suspicious activity
The ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) website - https://act.campaign.gov.uk/ - provides a free phone number - 0800 789321 - to use for sharing information confidentially about any suspicious behaviour of activity, and also a secure online form.
Please use these details if you need to share information and pass them on to members of the public, where appropriate, as part of interactions you have.
As always, the advice is to dial 999 if the situation is urgent and requires an immediate Police response.
If you have general concerns around community tensions, please contact Community Protection via the email address firstname.lastname@example.org