Hostage Situation

Any act that could result in a hostage situation will be taken by Humber as a threat.  

Humber recognizes Toronto Police Service as the authority in hostage or other potentially violent situations and will take direction from TPS

If you are involved in a situation where someone has entered the campus and has started shooting, follow the information for Active Attacker here

If you are involved in a situation where someone has taken a hostage; been taken hostage; or in a situation where the taking of a hostage is a distinct possibility, the following list of actions are recommended:

  • Be patient. Time is on your side. Avoid drastic action
  • The initial 45 minutes are the most dangerous. Follow instructions, be alert and stay alive. The captor is emotionally unbalanced
  • Don't speak unless spoken to and then only when necessary. Don't talk down to the captor who may be in an agitated state. Avoid appearing hostile. Maintain eye contact with the captor at all times if possible, but do not stare. Attempt to establish a rapport with the captor
  • Try to rest. Avoid speculating. Comply with instructions as best you can. Avoid arguments. Expect the unexpected
  • Be observant. You may be released or you may be able to escape. The personal safety of others may depend on your memory
  • Be prepared to answer the police on the phone. Be patient, wait. If medications, first aid, or restroom privileges are needed by anyone, say so. The captor, in all probability, does not want to harm persons held by him/her