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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