The National Counter Terrorism Security Office has released a video advising UK holidaymakers what to do in the event of a terror attack. The police advise that anyone caught up in any incident follow the "run, hide, tell" if they are able to, in a four-minute clip that shows a firearms attack unfolding at a hotel.
The film is part of a general awareness campaign, and counter terrorism police have stressed that there is no specific intelligence that Britons will be targeted this summer. In a statement on the government website, Detective Chief Superintendent Scott Wilson, National Coordinator for Protect and Prepare, said it is important holidaymakers "stay alert" and educate themselves on what to do in the event of an attack.
A new video advises holidaymakers what to do in a terrorist attack
"The chances of being caught up in a terrorist incident are still low, but sadly we have seen atrocities take place inthe UK and abroad. So it is important everyone – staff and customers – stays alert and knows what to do if the worst was to happen," he said.
"Understandably people want to go on holiday to relax and enjoy themselves, but we need to remain vigilant at all times. We want people to think of this in the same way they do the safety film airlines show before take-off. They don't expect anything bad to happen but it is a sensible safety precaution to show people what to do."
The video has been produced with the Foreign Office and travel association Abta, and depicts what would happen in a firearms attack on a hotel. Over 23,000 staff working in the UK and overseas have attended training sessions to help keep holidaymakers safe, looking at everything from how to spot suspicious items and activity, as well as what to do in a major incident.
The key advice is –
Run: To a place of safety. This is better than trying to surrender or negotiate.
Hide: It is better to hide than confront. Barricade yourself in, turn your phone to silent and only when it is safe to do so…
Tell: The authorities by calling the emergency number – 112 for the EU.