Hostage Situation

Call 9-911 from an on-campus phone or 911 from a cell phone to report an emergency that requires immediate assistance from police and rescue personnel.

Hostage Situation in Progress

  • Call 401.865.2222, or press the emergency button on any Blue Light phone, to notify the Office of Public Safety or call 911.
  • Security will ask you to provide helpful information that includes:
    • Location of the incident
    • Description of the subject(s)
    • Number of people being held hostage
    • Types of weapons and threats
  • If the hostage taker is unaware of your presence, do not intervene; stay hidden.

If Taken Hostage

  • Follow the instructions of the hostage taker.
  • Try not to panic. Calm other persons present.
  • Treat the hostage taker as normally as possible. Make self-controlled eye contact.
  • Be respectful to the hostage taker.
  • Ask for permission to speak. Do not argue or make suggestions.
  • Do not take action against the hostage taker unless life-threatening circumstances present themselves.