Run, Hide, Tell: Police video educates public on what to do during a terrorist attack

"Run, Hide, Tell" forms the key message in the police's latest video on what to do in the event of a terror attack.
"Run, Hide, Tell" forms the key message in the police's latest video on what to do in the event of a terror attack. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM FACEBOOK VIDEO

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Police Force (SPF) on Tuesday (May 10) released a video to educate the public on what to do in the event of a terrorist attack, as part of the SG Secure Movement to raise awareness and better prepare the community.

Featuring the key message of "Run, Hide, Tell", the three-minute clip posted on Facebook takes viewers through the three key actions they should take.

The first, "Run", involves evacuating the premises under attack as soon as possible.

They should consider the safest route, stay out of view of the attackers, insist that others leave with them, and leave their belongings behind.

If escape is not possible, "Hide" is the next option. They should find cover, stay out of sight and keep quiet. Phones should also be switched to silent mode.

The third action, "Tell", involves calling the police at 999 to provide details about the attack.

 

If they are unable to talk, they can SMS 71999 or send information through the newly launched i-Witness function on the Police@SG mobile app.

Last month, Law Minister K. Shanmugam announced that a new fast response police unit - called Emergency Response Teams (ERT) - trained to react swiftly to armed threats will be formed from June to beef up Singapore's counter terrorism strategy.

Working in teams of four or five officers, they will be trained in counter-assault skills and use enhanced weapons such as HK-MP 5 submachine guns.

Another key initiative unveiled was the addition of more officers to the Special Operations Command to form the Rapid Deployment Troops, which will act as second wave of response.