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    Thought I may pass this along

    I think this is certainly worth a "read" it does make sense.
    > >> For sure not all of you are in earthquake prone regions but one never
    > >> knows
    > >>
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    > >>
    > >>
    > >> Remember that stuff about hiding under a table or standing
    > >> in a doorway?? Well, this guy has a completely reverse opinion. This is
    > >> very interesting, different from what we were all taught.
    > >>
    > >> Boy! Is this ever an eye opener. Directly opposite of what
    > >> we've been taught over the years! I can remember in school being told to,
    > >> 'duck and cover' or stand in a doorway during an earthquake. This guy's
    > >> findings is absolutely amazing. I hope we all remember his survival
    > >> method if we are ever in an earthquake!!!
    > >>
    > >> Please read this and pass the info along to your family
    > >> members; it could save their lives someday!
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> My name is Doug Copp. I am the Rescue Chief and Disaster
    > >> Manager of the American Rescue Team International (ARTI), the world's
    > >> most experienced rescue team. The information in this article will save
    > >> lives in an earthquake.
    > >>
    > >> I have crawled inside 875 collapsed buildings, worked with
    > >> rescue teams from 60 countries, founded rescue teams in several
    > >> countries, and I am a member of many rescue teams from many countries.
    > >>
    > >> I was the United Nations expert in Disaster Mitigation for
    > >> two years. I have worked at every major disaster in the world since 1985,
    > >> except for simultaneous disasters.
    > >>
    > >> The first building I ever crawled inside of was a school in
    > >> Mexico City during the 1985 earthquake. Every child was under its desk.
    > >> Every child was crushed to the thickness of their bones. They could have
    > >> survived by lying down next to their desks in the aisles. It was obscene,
    > >> unnecessary and I wondered why the children were not in the aisles. I
    > >> didn't at the time know that the children were told to hide under
    > >> something.
    > >>
    > >> Simply stated, when buildings collapse, the weight of the
    > >> ceilings
    > >> Falling upon the objects or furniture inside crushes these
    > >> objects, leaving a space or void next to them. This space is what I call
    > >> the 'triangle of life'. The larger the object, the stronger, the less it
    > >> will compact. The less the object compacts, the larger the void, the
    > >> greater the probability that the person who is using this void for safety
    > >> will not be injured. The next time you watch collapsed buildings, on
    > >> television, count the 'triangles' you see formed. They are everywhere. It
    > >> is the most common shape, you will see, in a collapsed building.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> 1) Most everyone who simply 'ducks and covers' WHEN
    > >> BUILDINGS COLLAPSE are crushed to death. People who get under objects,
    > >> like desks or cars, are crushed.
    > >>
    > >> 2) Cats, dogs and babies often naturally curl up in the
    > >> fetal position.
    > >> You should too in an earthquake. It is a natural
    > >> safety/survival instinct. You can survive in a smaller void. Get next to
    > >> an object, next to a sofa, next to a large bulky object that will
    > >> compress slightly but leave a void next to it.
    > >>
    > >> 3) Wooden buildings are the safest type of construction to
    > >> be in during an earthquake. Wood is flexible and moves with the force of
    > >> the earthquake. If the wooden building does collapse, large survival
    > >> voids are created. Also, the wooden building has less concentrated,
    > >> crushing weight. Brick buildings will break into individual bricks.
    > >> Bricks will cause many injuries but less squashed bodies than concrete
    > >> slabs.
    > >>
    > >> 4) If you are in bed during the night and an earthquake
    > >> occurs, simply roll off the bed. A safe void will exist around the bed.
    > >> Hotels can a chieve a much greater survival rate in earthquakes, simply
    > >> by posting a sign on The back of the door of every room telling occupants
    > >> to lie down on the floor, next to the bottom of the bed during an
    > >> earthquake.
    > >>
    > >> 5) If an earthquake happens and you cannot easily escape by
    > >> getting out the door or window, then lie down and curl up in the fetal
    > >> position next to a sofa, or large chair.
    > >>
    > >> 6) Most everyone who gets under a doorway when buildings
    > >> collapse is killed. How? If you stand under a doorway and th e door jamb
    > >> falls forward or backward you will be crushed by the ceiling above. If
    > >> the door jam falls sideways you will be cut in half by the doorway. In
    > >> either case, you will be killed!
    > >>
    > >> 7) Never go to the stairs. The stairs have a different
    > >> 'moment of
    > >> Frequency (they swing separately from the main part of the
    > >> building). The stairs and remainder of the building continuously bump
    > >> into each other until structural failure of the stairs takes place. The
    > >> people who get on stairs before they fail are chopped up by the stair
    > >> treads - horribly mutilated. Even if the building doesn't collapse, stay
    > >> away from the stairs. The stairs are a likely part of the building to be
    > >> damaged. Even if the stairs are not collapsed by the earthquake , they
    > >> may collapse later when overloaded by fleeing people. They should always
    > >> be checked for safety, even when the rest of the building is not damaged.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> 8) Get Near the Outer Walls Of Buildings Or Outside Of Them
    > >> If Possible - It is much better to be near the outside of the building
    > >> rather than the interior. The farther inside you are from the outside
    > >> perimeter of the building the greater the probability that your escape
    > >> route will be blocked.
    > >>
    > >> 9) People inside of their vehicles are crushed when the
    > >> road above falls in an earthquake and crushes their vehicles; which is
    > >> exactly what happened with the slabs between the decks of the Nimitz
    > >> Freeway. The victims of the San Francisco earthquake all stayed inside of
    > >> their vehicles. They were all killed. They could have easily survived by
    > >> getting out and sitting or lying next to their vehicles. Everyone killed
    > >> would have survi ved if they had been able to get out of their cars and
    > >> sit or lie next to them. All the crushed cars had voids 3 feet high next
    > >> to them, except for the cars that had columns fall directly across them.
    > >>
    > >> 10) I discovered, while crawling inside of collapsed
    > >> newspaper offices and other offices with a lot of paper, that paper does
    > >> not compact. Large voids are found surrounding stacks of paper.
    > >>
    > >> Spread the word and save someone's life... The Entire world
    > >> is
    > >> experiencing natural calamities so be prepared!
    > >>
    > >> 'We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly'
    > >>
    > >> In 1996 we made a film, which proved my survival
    > >> methodology to be correct. The Turkish Federal Government, City of
    > >> Istanbul , University of Istanbul Case Productions and ARTI cooperated to
    > >> film this practical, scientific test. We collapsed a school and a home
    > >> with 20 mannequins inside. Ten mannequins did 'duck and cover, ' and ten
    > >> mannequins I used in my 'triangle of life' survival method. After the
    > >> simulated earthquake collapse we crawled through the rubble and entered
    > >> the building to film and document the
    > >> results. The film, in which I practiced my survival
    > >> techniques under
    > >> directly observable, scientific conditions , relevant to
    > >> building collapse, showed there would have been zero percent survival for
    > >> those doing duck and cover.
    > >>
    > >> There would likely have been 100 percent survivability for
    > >> people using my method of the 'triangle of life.' This film has been seen
    > >> by millions of viewers on television in Turkey and the rest of Europe,
    > >> and it was seen in th e USA , Canada and Latin America on the TV program
    > >> Real TV
    In my lumpy chair

  • #2
    Thanks Oly. I have already passed this good advice to my wife and plan to tell the boys. Good stuff.


    • #3
      This could be for any BLD that may collapse due to snow, water, or for what ever reason BLDs collapse
      In my lumpy chair