Hostage Situation-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Hostage Situation

If you hear or see a hostage situation:

  • Immediately remove yourself from danger.
  • Notify the police by calling 8-2323 or 412-268-2323 and providing:
    • Location of incident
    • Number and description of hostage takers
    • Number of hostages
    • Your name, location and phone number

If you are taken hostage:

  • Remain calm, be polite and cooperate with your captors.
  • DO NOT attempt escape unless there is an extremely good chance of survival.
  • Speak normally. DO NOT complain, avoid being belligerent and comply with 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 or other details that can help provide a description.
  • 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, 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 away from windows or doors.