What Not To Do During a Disaster

Posted by on July 16, 2017 11:30 am
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Survival is less about heroic actions than avoiding mindless mistakes.

Most people in deadly scenarios don’t act fast enough to save their own lives. From arguing over small change while a ship sinks into the stormy water, to standing idly on the beach as a tsunami approaches, psychologists have known for years that people make self-destructive decisions under pressure. Though news reports tend to focus on miraculous survival, if people escape with their lives it’s often despite their actions – not because of them.

3 responses to What Not To Do During a Disaster

  1. Richard July 17th, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    I thank GOD for the Fight /Flight impulse that I know has actually grown more now than in my younger days.
    Being (and excepting) that I’m now “middle-age” means constantly relying on brains more than ever. I’m constantly calculating options today.
    I do however feel sorry for my DW, who at times reminds me that I’m strangling simple enjoyment from situations by overthinking & contingency planning.
    I just know that I can’t really help it today from thinking /living /being this way.


  2. Jeanne July 16th, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Repetition and planning, you may panic at first but if you have a plan it’s different. My first emergency as a student nurse I remember freezing for a couple seconds. Then I realized I knew how to save the patients life. Follow the protocol I was taught. Situational awareness is a given if your a woman. Too many so called would be preditors out there.


  3. cgbascom July 16th, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    This article should be in everyone’s library. I would hope that I would be a quick mover in a crisis, but I know myself well enough that I would probably be one of the freezers. Whenever I go anywhere, I look for easy exists, places to hide, and if my husband is with me, I figure out where I can push his wheelchair the fastest. Funny, the only place I go to that I cannot do this is our local VA clinic.


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