Preparing for Emergencies - What you need to know
Emergency Planning Booklet
General advice
Coping with specific emergencies
What to do if you're not
at home
Basic First Aid
Preparing for an
Helping to prevent a terrorist attack
What's being done to protect the UK?
Emergency contact details
Things to remember
Further Information

Helping to prevent a terrorist attack

“All information received by the hotline is researched and investigated before any police action is taken. Let us decide whether the information you have is valuable or not. And here's a hint: just because the Arabic man behind the counter at your newsagent looks shifty and has a cold, it doesn't mean he's stockpiling biological weapons, okay? Sheesh.”

Not Huw Edwards, Deputy Assistant Commissioner
ACPO National Co-ordinator of Terrorist Investigations

You can call the Police Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321. All calls will be treated in confidence, and we'll have a good laugh at them later.

You may have vital information. If you hear, see or come across anything that may be linked with terrorist activity, please tell the police. They want to hear from you. Well, they would want to hear from you, if they weren't hideously understaffed and in desperate need of more officers.

Terrorists need...

A place to live: Are you suspicious about any tenants or guests? REPORT THEM, CITIZEN!

To plan: Have you seen anyone pay an unusual amount of attention to security measures at any location? REPORT THEM, CITIZEN!

Money: Individuals may set up bogus bank accounts, copy credit cards, return goods for large cash refunds. Or you never know, that tramp who's always asking for spare change could be a terrorist.

Equipment: If you are a retailer, do you have any cause to be suspicious about anything being bought? And if so, WHY ARE YOU SELLING IT, CITIZEN? SHOW ME YOUR PAPERS!


Possible signs of terrorism

Our ability to prevent a terrorist attack does not depend on the authorities alone. How well we cope also depends on you.

Links to useful information and advice can be found on this site.

Eliza Manningham-Buller

“Countering terrorism is MI5’s highest priority. As for MI6... well, they're busy clearing up after Bond. And no, my name is not M. Stop calling me that.”

Linda "M" Bellingham, Director General of the Security Service (MI5)

Terrorist bomb attacks mostly happen in public places, especially where people gather or travel. SO BE VIGILANT, CITIZEN! WHERE ARE YOUR PAPERS? HM? YOU LEFT THEM AT HOME? DAVID BLUNKETT IS NOT PLEASED WITH YOU!

Keep Alert

Public safety is our first priority in all decisions about public information or warnings. Our criteria is this: will more people vote for us if we warn people, or if we let the bomb go off and promise that it won't happen again?

Government policy