My sister Nene is moving back to the States from Ireland this weekend. I don't want to make her nervous about the trip, but I've been reading a book that gave some tips I wanted to share. The book is called "The Survivors Club" by Ben Sherwood.
Tip 1: Act Quickly!
One of the most important tips the author gave for survival in any situation is to keep your head and don't freeze up. He said there is a psychological phenomenon that happens when people are in an emergency situation. Some people immediately act, but many people freeze up. So, for instance, if there were a plane crash, some people would get out of their seats and head for the exit. But some people would freeze up and just sit waiting for someone else to tell them what to do. They often find people after an accident who were waiting in line to get out of the plane, but who just didn't get out in time. But they also find people who are still sitting in their seats, not even attempting to get out. Research shows that you have about 90 seconds to get out of the airplane before you are overcome by the smoke. It's important to act quickly!
Tip 2: High Survival Rate
The author said that research has also shown that a high percentage of people survive plane crashes. You would think it would be a low number, but it actually is quite high. So if you are in a plane accident, don't panic, you can survive it.
Tip 3: Pay Attention
Some time back I heard that if you sit in a certain section of the plane, your chances of survival are greater. However, research shows that it doesn't matter which section you sit in. The best chance for survival is if you are within 5 rows of an exit. But most important is that you pay attention to the flight attendants when they explain emergency procedures. Studies show that many frequent flyers don't do well in a crash because they think they know everything about emergency procedures, and don't listen to the instructions. New flyers tend to read the card and listen carefully, therefore they usually fare better in a crash. In addition, flight attendants are trained to watch for those who are "able bodied". That includes those who are paying attention, and reading their emergency information card. And you know those crash positions they teach you? They actually do lessen the impact IF you have your seat belt fastened tightly, low on the hip, and your head and arms braced the way they tell you. The seat in front of you is especially designed to take the impact of your body, thereby lessening the impact of the crash.
Tip 4: Have Faith
The other thing that struck me is that those who survive an emergency situation are those who have the will to live, and have faith that they will survive. Many times people just give up, when they actually could have survived if they had tried. So if you find yourself in an emergency situation, don't question IF you will survive, have faith and think about WHEN you survive it.
I'm only part way through this book, but I've already learned so much. Like I said, I'm not trying to scare anyone, but I do think knowledge is power, and wanted to share these tips with you.