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Where To Go & What To Do In An Earthquake
Where To Go & What To Do In An Earthquake
Where to Go & What To Do During an Earthquake
Remember, all that stuff about hiding under a table or standing in a doorway? Well, forget it! This is a real eye opener. It could save your life someday.
AN EXTRACT FROM DOUG COPP'S ARTICLE ON 'THE TRIANGLE OF LIFE'
I, Doug Copp, am the Chief Rescue Disaster Manager of the (American Rescue Team International) (ARTI ). It is the world's most experienced rescue team. The information in this article will save lives in an earthquake.
Doug Copp, is a member of many rescue teams from many countries. He was the United Nations expert in Disaster Mitigation for two years and has worked at every major disaster in the world since 1985. He has worked with rescue teams from 60 countries and founded rescue teams in several countries. Basically, he knows his stuff.
Doug, has crawled inside 875 collapsed buildings. The first building Doug 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.
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 - NOT under 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.
TIPS FOR YOUR EARTHQUAKE SAFETY
1) Don’t do This: Most everyone who simply 'ducks and covers' when building collapse are crushed to death. People who get under objects, like desks or cars, are crushed to death.
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. Get next to an object, next to a sofa, next to a bed, next to a large bulky object that will compress slightly but leave a void next to it. = That’s your safety “Triangle zone”.
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 in bed during the night and an earthquake occurs, simply roll off the bed and curl up. You just created a triangle safe zone, which will create a void around the bed. Hotels, achieve 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. Just curl up in a fetal position on the floor, at the foot of your 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. That’s your safety “Triangle zone”
6) Do not go under a doorway. If you stand under a doorway and the doorway 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 collapse. There lies the problem.
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. If not, you may be terminated in the earthquake.
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 who stay 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 in Oakland, Ca.
The victims of the San Francisco earthquake who stayed inside of their vehicles on the Oakland Freeway. when it collapsed. Were all killed. They could have easily survived by getting out of their cars and sitting or lying next to their vehicles. Everyone killed would have survived if they had been able to get out of their cars and sit or lie next to their vehicle. All of the crushed cars had a void of 3 feet high next to their car ( that’s enough space for you to survive) except for the cars that had columns fall directly across them. Most of the people that died could have been saved if they would have known this information.
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. Crawl up next to stacked paper in a fetal position for safety.
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FACT: These survival “Triangle of Life” methods worked
In 1996 David Copp, made a film, which proved his 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. 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 direct observable, scientific conditions relevant to the building collapse, showed there would have been zero percent survival rate for those doing duck and cover technique.
There would likely have been 100 percent survivability rate 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 the USA, Canada and Latin America on the TV program Real TV.
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