If you hear or see a hostage situation:
- Immediately remove yourself from any danger.
- Immediately notify the Office of Public Safety at 911 from any campus phone or 607-274-3333 from any other phone.
- Be prepared to give the Office of Public Safety dispatcher 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 phone number
If you are taken hostage:
- Remain calm, be polite, and cooperate with your captors.
- DO NOT attempt to 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.
If you are in a rescue situation:
- DO NOT RUN. Drop to the floor and remain still. If 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.