Remember that you are a valuable commodity to your captors. It is important to them to keep you alive and well.
If possible notify 911, staff, faculty, students of your situation, if safe to do so.
- Try to remain inconspicuous, avoid direct eye contact and the appearance of observing your captors
- Constantly assess the situation.
- If questioned, keep your answers short and to the point. Do not volunteer information or make
unnecessary overtures. Do not condone the individual’s actions.
- In a calm voice and mannerism, try to talk to the individual. Gradually and increasingly make request
for personal comforts.
- Comply with the individual’s demands as long as they are reasonable.
- If a rescue attempt is made by law enforcement lie flat and face down on the ground covering your
head with your arms and hands. Do not get up until told to do so by law enforcement officers. You will
be handcuffed, this is a safety precaution. Law enforcement officers cannot be positive that there is not
another hostage taker who is posing as a hostage. You will be lead outside and identified by a staff or