I mentioned this on another forum but I will mention it again here.
I am reading a absolutely facinationg book called: The Unthinkable, Who survives disasters and why.
It goes into this very premise. That people don't respond to stressful situations like they think they are going too.
it gives detailed accounts on what people really think and feel during this situations.
The number one lesson seems to be: listen to your gut first. Despite what you have been "taught".
That you are your own first line of defense, and too much money and training is put into emt personel, when people need to be trained also.
very few people in the WTC actually knew where the stairwells were, or how to get to them.
That people on planes crashing into the ocean pre-inflate their vests instead of waiting till in the water which actually greatly hinders them and the
people around them. Things like that.
Knowledge is power, and by actually understanding how and why things happen, can help increase our chance of survival.
The author gives an example of how when on a pre-flight, the attendants tell you to put your oxygen mask on first, and then your children.
But they don't say why.
Because they don't want to scare you.
But basically without cabin pressure, you pass out in 15 seconds. So if you put it on yoru child first, like many of us would, you won't have time
to put yours on and still remain conscious to take care of your child.
It seems like common sense, but many people don't realize this.
The book also goes into detail about the time warp some people experience, like things completely slowing down. (like the Matrix scene with the
bullets) or the blanks in memory, and the selective hearing.
that the very first emotion that people experience is denial. Those that tend to take charge are the ones who can pass through this quickly. But it
can be uite lengthy in others. After the 1993 bombing of the WTC, there were people still sitting at their desks 10 hours later, refusing to believe