The people who walk away from catastrophes all have a few things in common. Now you can follow their lead.
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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.
When flying, always listen to the flight attendant’s instructions and read the safety card in your seat pocket, no matter how many times you’ve heard it all before.
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.
If you see people frozen with fear, yell at them. This is what flight attendants are trained to do to get shocked passengers to leave a burning plane.
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.
Did You Know:
‘Group think,’ where people follow each other and wait for instructions rather than thinking for themselves, is more common in an emergency than stampeding.