There are a lot of myths and misinformation out there on what to do in case of certain situations. I am only going to mention those involving weather
disasters, but this can apply to all areas, please feel free to add any that you may know of. I would love to hear it, especially if it comes to first
Why is this important? Because your knowledge can mean the difference between surviving and helping others survive around you.
You can be faced with a disaster you are not experienced with, and it can happen at any time. And sometimes, the word of mouth information is all you
have to rely on. Or your area can even be experienced with these disasters, and people will still rely on faulty information.
Think it doesn't happen? There have been plenty of recent events that shows it can. Last year the east coast was hit with a large earthquake. since
there have only been 8 that can be felt in over 200 years, most didn't even know what it was. I was the only person on a floor of EMS workers who knew
what to do, get under your desk.
This past week, the mid west and Mid Atlantic area was faced with a deadly derecho, that came swiftly and caused unbelievable damage in a matter of
minutes. Most people don't even know what it is called.
The best way to survive any disaster and to help those around you surive, is good ol basic information. I will start with a few examples:
Lightening is the most dangerous, powerful entity the Earth has to offer, it is also the least understood, and myths about it abound.
*Don't touch someone if they are struck by lightning, as you will get shocked too. People do not conduct lightning, which is why it can kill you. You
can immediately assist someone who has been struck.
*If you don't see clouds, or hear thunder, such as in heat lightning, you can't get stuck. Truth is any lightning is dangerous, and lightning can
travel miles ahead of clouds and strike you. You don't hear thunder because the lightning is so far ahead of it, but if you can see it, it can
even if the sky above you is completely clear, if you can hear thunder, you can get struck by lightning.
*Lightning doesn't strike the same place twice. Yes it does. the Empire State Building has been struck almost 100 times.
*You are not safe in a car. Rubber tires do not insulate you from 10,000 volts.
*Standing near tall trees or buildings does not protect you from lightning, in fact, if lightning strikes nearby trees or buildings, it can be
transferred to run along the ground.
*Taping the windows of your building do not prevent breaking and flying glass during hurricanes, in fact, it makes it that much more dangerous by
creating larger, flying debris.
*The size and scale of hurricanes does not determine impact. The heaviest rains tend to be from slow moving hurricanes. Hurricane Andrew was the most
destructive but was relatively small in size.
*Surge isn't based strictly on the intensity of the hurricane, it is also determined by the angle a hurricane hits and the condition and shape of a
coastline. Small storms can produce large surge.
*It is safe after a hurricane is over. Actually other dangerous weather phenomenon can be created as a result of a hurricane passign through,
including flash flooding. A lot of damage is done after a hurricane passes.
*Hiding underneath an overpass on a highway is not a safe place to hide. It is actually an extremely dangerous place to hide, you need to get below
ground level, not above it.
*Opening windows does not equalize air pressure in your home. Your home has enough gaps and spaces to allow air to move and vent pressure. Opening the
wrong window can allow pressure in. this is a waste of time that should be spent moving to a safe place.
*The southwest corner of a home is not the safest, considering most tornadoes can shift a house around before lifting it off its foundation. Your best
bet is just being under a heavy tornado or stairwell in the basement.
*A tornado doesn't have to touch the ground to be dangerous, there are still surface circular winds that throw plenty of debris.
*Heat kills more people than any other natural disaster.
edit on 3-7-2012 by nixie_nox because: (no reason given)