Witness FAQ

What should I do if I see a UFO?

  1. If you believe you may have been injured, seek medical help immediately.
  2. Locate any other witnesses and get their contact information, but do not discuss the details of the sighting with them. Encourage them to file their report at reportaufo.org
  3. Secure any physical evidence to the best of your ability. Small items should be bagged and tagged if possible. Chain of custody is very important, so dates, time, names, and places should be recorded. Take photographs.
  4. If you have photographs or video, you can make your own copy, but the best approach is to remove the flash memory from the camera (if possible), bag and tag it, and lock it up. Even if you can’t do this, please supply us the unaltered image file straight from the camera.
  5. Make a sketch of what you saw, and how it moved or changed. Make as many sketches as possibly to illustrate what happened. You do not need to be a talented artist.
  6. Write down everything you can remember. Facts are important: dates, times, locations, directions, weather conditions, etc.
  7. Go to reportaufo.org and let us know what you experienced.

If I click “No” on “Remain Anonymous”, what happens?

The short answer is that nothing happens without your express permission. We know we have to be trustworthy with personal information in order to encourage people to file reports.

Clicking “No” does not mean that we will share your name, address, phone number, or e-mail with the public. We won’t. It simply means that you may be willing to have your story shared with the public, and that we may share your case file with other, highly ethical investigators outside our organization who can help us investigate. If we include your case on our podcast, we will not use your real name, and we will not feature a recording of your voice without your consent.

If you change your mind about this, just let us know.

I clicked “No” on “Contact you for an investigation.” Can I change my mind?

The short answer is yes. If you clicked “No” we will not contact you. The report is for information only, but you can change your mind.

You have a couple of options if you decide you would like us to investigate your case.

  1. You can re-report your case, and check “yes”. Please be sure to tell us that this is a re-report.
  2. Use our Contact Form. and tell us you would like us to investigate
  3. Call 240 233-1253 and let us know.

I feel distressed or traumatized by my experience. Can you help me?

All API can do is help you ascertain what the facts are regarding your experience, and possibly help you explain some or all of what you saw. We will listen to your story without judgement, but emotional and mental distress is best dealt with by trained professionals. We recommend you seek out a therapist with a legitimate doctoral degree in psychology, and avoid hypnotherapists.

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