How Will You Respond?

Would you be a hero or a zero in a Katrina-sized crisis? Would rescuers find you huddled in a fetal position in the corner of a room or heroically pulling people to safety in a handmade raft, expertly crafted using only a few feet of rope and empty milk containers, a la Bear Grylls? I think many of us have the idea that people tend to become panic-stricken when faced with a sudden disaster. After all, so many Hollywood movies paint a picture of wild-eyed, crazed citizens racing away from an oncoming tidal wave, meteor strike, or the Disaster-of-the-Day.

Amanda Ripley, whose book, The Unimaginable I mentioned a couple of days ago, gives her view of what can realistically be expected when the average citizen comes face to face with a disaster.

It’s reassuring to know that most people will respond in a way that is helpful and demonstrates resilience. I hope that would be my response.

Thanks to John Solomon at In Case of Emergency blog for posting this video!

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  1. says

    Bear Grylls is a fake. He sleeps in hotels and simulates bear attacks. Les Stroud is the real deal. Regardless, I think readers of this blog would definitely try to step up to provide for themselves, their families, and others if SHTF.

  2. LizLong says

    I act. My Dad, my brother, and at least one of my nieces act. My MIL freezes, completely, and observes what's going on around her – but that's kept her alive through at least two wars and two military occupations. (In other words, she has lived through things where freezing really IS the right survival mechanism.)

    If you are one of the people who can ACT, if you are at work, there's a very good chance that your boss will have frozen. (This happened to me on 9/11.) You can't really make your boss do anything, and acting without their ok could get you in trouble. I mean, you can't really tell others to go home without actual flames or other immediate threat in your building, can you? My approach was to start giving yes / no and either / or questions to their assistants to get answers to. For instance, should we tell the people driving in from another city to go or come up here for training today? That helped get them focusing on what needed done and moving forward again without getting me in trouble. The Unimaginable talks about how to prepare yourself relative to your physical surroundings, but I think spending some time thinking about how to deal with getting those around you moving (without getting yourself in trouble) in places like your office is helpful as well.

  3. rightwingmom says

    When Hurricane Ike hit, I went into "mother hen" mode. I found myself taking care of business, preparing, gathering family members who were in crisis, and ensuring that everything was ready.

    My position is that there will be time to break down, freak out, and cry later. This pattern has benefited me through all sorts of crisis situations.: bad weather, financial lows, personal and family tragedies. I usually find myself crying in my bed, on my husband's shoulder where no one else will see. My husband appreciates my "get'r done" personality. He's the same way. Prepare, stay strong, do what needs to be done, trust in our Savior!!!

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