If taken hostage, or you witness another person being taken hostage or contained in a specific area:
- Do your best to appear as calm as possible. Avoid drastic action.
- The initial 45 minutes are often the most dangerous. Follow instructions, be alert, and stay alive. Captors are emotionally disturbed and it is difficult to predict their response to a given situation.
- Don’t speak unless spoken to and then only when necessary. Don’t talk down or attempt to rationalize with the captor.
- Avoid appearing hostile.
- Maintain eye contact with the captor at all times if possible, but do not stare.
- Do not make quick or sudden moves. If you must go to the bathroom, need medications, or first aid, ask your captors.
- Be observant and try to remember as many details about your captors as possible. In the event you are released or escape, the personal safety of others may depend on what you remember about the situation.
- Displaying some fear may work to your advantage.
- Be prepared for evasive action in the event entry by police is made. Often they will shout instructions. Follow them immediately.