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Stay safe during a terrorist attack: Run, hide, tell

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Thankfully, firearms and weapon attacks in the UK are very rare, but the tragic events from around the world remind us of the need to be prepared.

The current threat level for a terrorist incident in the UK is severe which means an attack is 'highly likely' and, however small the risk, it helps to be prepared if you find yourself in this situation.

What to do in the event of a terrorist attack

Firearms and weapons attacks are very rare, having a plan and being conscious of your surroundings when out and about will help you stay safe and could save your life.

The National Police Chief’s Council have produced guidelines to follow if you find yourself in a firearms or weapons attack.

There are three key steps to keeping safe during an attack:


  • If there is a safe route, run.
  • Insist others go with you.
  • Don't let them slow you down.
  • Leave your belongings behind.


  • If you can't run, hide.
  • Find cover from gunfire.
  • Lock the door and barricade yourself in.
  • Move away from the door.
  • Be very quiet and silence your phone.


  • Dial 999 when you are safe.
  • Give your location.
  • Give the direction the attacker is moving in.
  • Give as much information as you can.
  • Can you safely stop others from entering the area?

Watch the film

The below four minute film, Run, Hide, Tell: Firearms and Weapons Attack, has been produced to give guidance on the three steps to keeping safe and can be applied to many different situations.

Download the Run, Hide, Tell PDF here.

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