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.

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Escape & Evasion: 3 Hostage Escape Tips To Survive An Extreme Hostage Situation!

Escape And Evasion: Hostage Escape And Hostage Rescue Tactics
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

People throw around the term “extreme” all the time.

Your day to day survival is one thing.

There may come a time, however, when you face an extreme survival situation that requires you to escape at all costs, and THAT is what “extreme” means.

When you are at the mercy of an attacker or a group of attackers, as the victim of a kidnapping, a hijacking, or some other form of hostage-taking, you’ll have to risk your life if you want to get free.

Captured and held by societal predators, you are never more vulnerable and never closer to a violent, painful death or victimization.

Remember that the most important component of all survival, no matter how bad things get, is you.

Here are three things to remember when contemplating your escape from an extreme hijacking situation.

3 Tips To Escape An Extreme Hostage Situation!

Escape And Evasion: Hostage Escape And Hostage Rescue Tactics
Escape And Evasion: Hostage Escape And Hostage Rescue Tactics

Studies of hijacking and hostage situations indicate that there are certain times when your chances of escape are better than others.

That just makes good sense.

Knowing when to break out, and when to bide your time, is the key to successfully escaping a hostage scenario.

Author Sanford Strong, in the book Strong on Defense, emphasizes that the time to resist being taken hostage is at the very beginning when your kidnappers are the least organized and you have chaos and confusion on your side.

You may not always be able to do that, however.

No matter what, though, here are three tips to keep in mind:

1. Never Go To A Second Location!

If at all possible, you must never allow yourself to be taken and moved to a second location, because this location will favor the hostage-taker(s) and your chances of survival and escape decrease dramatically.

The time to explode with all your might, screaming, fighting, biting, gouging, and going berserk in order to save your life and preserve your freedom, is therefore when the hostage takers first try to capture you.

Do whatever you can, to the absolute limits of your physical and emotional strength, to avoid being taken.

The more noise you make, the more resistance you put up, the better the chances the kidnappers will abort and move on to an easier target.

2. When You Do Make Your Move, EXPLODE!

Your captors might be so surprised that you’ve suddenly decided to resist that they’ll freeze with incomprehension or indecision.

You could gain valuable moments this way.

Besides, failing on your second attempt will certainly make them more cautious of your actions and you may be tied up or locked in a trunk, unable to make another escape attempt.

If you do get away, use your environment as you flee.

If there are weapons like chairs or other objects you can throw at your attackers or leave in your path as obstacles, do so.

3. Bide Your Time During Long-Term Confinement

Hostages who’ve been held for a very long time often start to feel they’ll never escape.

Their captors will relax accordingly, and even though the hostages may have multiple chances simply to leave, they don’t because they think they won’t get away with it.

Use this to your advantage.

There have been multiple, documented cases of this — including hostages kept, sometimes for YEARS in bizarre family child-kidnapping cases, in which the victims were often allowed out unsupervised because their captors thought they were psychologically broken.

(Want to learn more about escape and evasion? In our free survival gear secrets report, we talk about how these items you should carry with you can help you survive a violent event and navigate your way to safety quickly.)

Whenever possible, make your captors feel you've lost the will to resist.

When they do relax, take your opportunity and EXPLODE into action.

These are incredibly important tips for avoiding a kidnapping if you can, surviving it if you have to… and escaping it if you can't prevent it in the first place.

Remember them and be prepared to use them.

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