•  Immediately remove yourself from any danger.
  •  Immediately notify UMPD at 911 or (301) 405-3333 .
  •  Be prepared to give the Police Communications Operator the following information:
  •  Location and room number of incident.
  •  Number of possible hostage takers.
  •  Physical description and names of hostage takers, if possible.
  •  Number of possible hostages
  •  Any weapons the hostage takers may have.
  •  Your name
  •  Your location and phone number
Hands Handcuffed in Duct Tape


  •  Remain calm, be polite and cooperate with your captors.
  •  DO NOT attempt escape unless there is an extremely good chance of survival. It is safer to be submissive and obey your captors.
  •  Speak normally. DO NOT complain, avoid being belligerent and comply with all orders and instructions.
  •  DO NOT draw attention to yourself with sudden body movements, statements, comments or hostile looks.
  •  Observe the captors and try to memorize their physical traits, voice patterns, clothing or other details that can help provide a description later.
  •  Avoid getting into political or ideological discussions with the captors.
  •  Try to establish a relationship with your captors and get to know them. Captors are less likely to harm you if they respect you.
  •  If forced to present terrorist demands to authorities, either in writing or on tape, state clearly that the demands are from your captors. Avoid making a plea on your own behalf.
  •  Try to stay low to the ground or behind cover from windows or doors, if possible.


  • DO NOT RUN. Drop to the floor and remain still. It that is not possible, cross your arms, bow your head, and stand still. Make no sudden moves that a tense rescuer may interpret as hostile or threatening.
  •  Wait for instructions and obey all instructions you are given.
  •  Do not be upset, resist, or argue if a rescuer isn't sure whether you are a terrorist or a hostage.
  •  Even if you are handcuffed and searched, DO NOT resist. Just wait for the confusion to clear.
  •  You will be taken to a safe area, where proper identification and status will be determined.

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