How to Increase Your Odds of Surviving a Disaster

The people who walk away from catastrophes all have a few things in common. Now you can follow their lead.

You will need

  • Preparedness
  • Speed
  • Drills
  • Neighborliness

Step 1 Have drills Hold drills with your family for fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other disasters until the repetition locks the life-saving behavior into their brain. People react best in an emergency if they’re trained to go on automatic pilot.

Step 2 Be safe, not sorry Don’t waste time debating whether the building is really on fire or not. Get out at the first sign of danger, and ask questions later.

Step 3 Hurry up! For heaven’s sake, hurry up! Amazingly, people are inclined to dawdle during an emergency, rather than acting as quickly as possible.

Step 4 Leave everything behind Leave everything behind. The few seconds you took to grab your iPhone could be the few seconds that cost you your life.

Step 5 Befriend your neighbors Get to know your neighbors. That’s who will be next to you when a catastrophe strikes.