Run, Hide, Tell

'Stay Safe' guidance

Recent world events have led to requests from some staff and students for advice on how to act in the unlikely event of terror incidents. These incidents can happen when not on campus so the information is as relevant on or off campus.

While there are no specific threats to Kent, guidance is outlined below.

'Stay Safe' principles

The 'Stay Safe' principles (Run, Hide, Tell) set out by the UK Government provide some actions to consider in firearms or weapons attacks and the type of information that police officers may need in the event of an attack.

The key 'Stay Safe' principles are:

  • RUN – find the best protection available, out of sight does not mean out of danger.
  • HIDE – see if you can locate the attackers, what type of weapon is being used, the direction the attacker(s) are travelling. Limit access and secure your environment. Lock the doors and remain as quiet as possible.
  • TELL – contact the police via 999 then Campus Security via 01227 82(3333), give them all the information you have.

Providing cover

To help people in an attack situation, the following are examples of good and bad items to seek cover behind:

Good Cover Bad Cover

Substantial Brickwork or Concrete

Internal Partition Walls

Engines of vehicles

Car Doors

Base of Large Living Trees

Wooden Fences

Natural Ground Undulations


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Last Updated: 21/11/2021