What Not To Do During a Disaster
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.