For more information, see
Delgado’s Emergency Planning, Response and Recovery Policy
Witness to a hostage situation:
If the hostage–taker is unaware of your presence, DO NOT INTERVENE!
Notify building administrator. Building administrator may wish to initiate lockdown
procedures or evacuation.
. Give dispatcher details of situation.
Seal off area near hostage scene.
Police will take control of hostage scene; building administrator coordinates with
police for safety and welfare of students and staff.
Document all activities.
If taken hostage:
Cooperate with hostage–taker to the fullest extent possible.
Try not to panic. Calm students if they are present.
Treat the hostage–taker as normally as possible.
Be respectful to the hostage–taker.
Ask permission to speak; do not argue or make suggestions.