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Hostage/Terrorist Situation

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All situations involving barricaded individuals, the taking of hostages, and/or deadly force (i.e. firearm) must be immediately referred to the BCD Security Office at 214-8288335 (pager: 214-582-7300).  The Security Office will immediately notify the Dallas Police Department at 9911 and The Baylor University Medical Center Public Safety Office at 214-820-4444.

  1. REMAIN CALM.  Note if and/or how the suspect is armed and attempt to obtain a physical description.
  2. The Security Office will send officers to the scene, who will secure the affected area and evacuate people in immediate potential danger.
  3. If you are taken hostage, cooperate with the suspect.  Do not challenge him or her. Remain alert to opportunities for a safe escape.  Rescue will only be attempted if it can be accomplished without further endangering persons inside the secured area.
  4. If you are in the affected area and are unable to leave safely, remain low and seek cover under a desk or other sturdy furniture, silence cell phones, turn off the computer monitors, and turn off the lights until help arrives.
  5. The Security Office and Dallas Police Officers will establish a command post near the scene.  The following departments will be advised of the hostage situation:

    a. Dean’s Office   
    b. Communications and Development 214-828-8214
    c. Facilities Services
    d. Environmental Health & Safety 214-828-8301