Escape and Evasion: 3 Tips For Surviving (And Escaping) A Hostage Situation!

Escape and Evasion: 3 Tips To Escape A Hostage Situation

Jeff Anderson

Getting captured isn’t something most of us think about.

We just don’t think we live in a world where someone might want to take us captive.

But it could happen to any of us, both at home and abroad.

Getting away before they can hurt or kill you would seem to be the highest priority in a hostage situation.

But how do you plan that escape so that it succeeds?

I spoke with my friend Reggie Bennett about this not long ago.

Here’s a summary of what he had to tell me.

3 Tips For Escaping A Hostage Situation!

Escape and Evasion: 3 Tips To Escape A Hostage Situation
Escape and Evasion: 3 Tips To Escape A Hostage Situation
Reggie Bennett

It takes special skills to get out of  hostage scenario.

SERE programs teach their students survival, evasion, resistance, and escape.

You have to be mentally prepared for those things.

There will be both physical and mental stress involved.

You have to know yourself and know you’re going to face these scenarios.

  • You could be kidnapped for ransom.
  • You could be held by terrorists.
  • You could be taken by people who are trying to make some kind of twisted statement.

Whatever the reason, you might find yourself taken captive and then have to figure out how to escape.

Sometimes, all it takes is being in the wrong place at the wrong time… so what do you do?

Here are three tips for how to plan your escape so that when the moment comes, you can seize it and get away.

1. Maintain Situational Awareness At All Times

The first thing you have to do is know your surroundings.

If you break out of a closet and find yourself staring at a room full of terrorists, you didn’t escape anything at all.

You’ve just made your situation worse.

When they put you back, they’re going to restrain you worse than before, and they’re going to be looking for escape attempts.

Think of your surroundings in terms of layers:

  • What’s immediately around you?
  • What comes after that?
  • Which of your captors is weakest?
  • Which is friendliest?
  • When are your captors least vigilant?
  • Is there any dissent among them?
  • Are there holes in their security?
  • Who is the weak link in the chain?

Gather as much information as you can in order to determine the best set of circumstances to make your break.

2. Gather An Escape Kit

The second thing you need to do is assemble a secret escape kit.

This isn’t a whole backpack.

It’s just little things that will help you survive.

This includes doing things like hoarding food and water for later.

It might also be rope, wire, thread, or anything else you can use to improvise.

Plastic and things you can use to protect you from the elements is another item you might assemble.

Be prepared to think outside the box in order to use whatever you can get your hands on to your advantage.

3. Have A Plan

The third thing to keep in mind is that you HAVE to have a plan.

Just escaping isn’t enough.

Once you break out of your immediate confinement… then what?

Where are you going to go?

Let’s say you’re overseas.

You might find yourself in a desert, or a forest, or an unfamiliar city.

Where are you now, and where should you get to?

Is there a border you could slip past to safety, a church that could provide sanctuary, or an embassy that would take you in?

It won’t do any good to just get out and wander.

You’ll get caught again if you do that.

Figure out what your plan is… and then act on it.

Every little bit of information you assemble along the way is just another tool in your toolbox.

Keep these tips in mind if you ever do find yourself on the wrong end of a hostage situation or kidnapping.

What Would You Do If You Were Taken Hostage? How Would You Find Your Moment?

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MCS 261 – Urban Escape & Evasion

Urban Escape and Evasion - Urban or Suburban E&E For Kidnapping, Stalker, Sex Predator Defense
Urban Escape and Evasion - Urban or Suburban E&E For Kidnapping, Stalker, Sex Predator Defense
Urban Escape and Evasion – Urban or Suburban E&E For Kidnapping, Stalker, Sex Predator Defense

Pssst. Hey, buddy… Are you an international spy?

Of course you’re not (well, everybody except the one guy reading this who IS).

But there are CIA-style “spy skills” that can protect you and your family from a VERY REAL threat.

That threat is made up of the stalkers, kidnappers, and sexual predators who are all around us.

Don’t think it can’t happen to you and your family…

That’s because nearly 800,000 kids are reported missing every year, while thousands of adults are ALSO targeted.

In fact, kidnapping is one of the most common crimes in the industrialized world.

If you and your family were targeted by a kidnapper or a stalker, would you know how to tell?

What can you do to safeguard yourself and your family from stalkers, or evade a kidnapper who has targeted you?

If you WERE kidnapped, would you know what to do to survive… and to escape?

That’s what this podcast will teach you.

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson interviews survival expert Kevin Reeve about urban escape and evasion in our modern — and very dangerous — world.

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:

  • The weirdly obvious — but easy to miss — sign that a stalker or kidnapper has targeted you!
  • The one thing you should NEVER do when there’s a knock on the door!
  • The number one WORST place to go for help if you’re being pursued by a predator.
  • Two different ways to survive a kidnapping (but you’ve GOT to choose the RIGHT strategy)!
  • What you’ve got to tell yourself the moment you realize you’ve been kidnapped.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to protect yourself and your family.

Get this information now and make yourself and your family kidnap-proof!

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