The pilot announces that your plane must make an emergency landing
(My worst fear)
You always assume that if a plane goes down everyone dies. Not always the case. A good example is the landing of flight 1549 piloted by Captain Chesley Sullenberger in the Hudson river in 2009. All crew and passengers escaped alive.
Here are some things to think about before you book your ticket for a flight.
a. In 2007 Popular mechanic’s published an analysis of 36 years worth of airline seating charts and 20 accidents back to 1971. Passengers sitting behind the wings had a 69 percent survival rate in an accident. Those sitting over or in front of the wings have a 56 percent survival while in first class only 49%.
(I have always observed that in most plane accidents the tail is sticking up off the ground and mostly in reasonable condition so I assumed you had a better chance of survival if you were in the back). So the plane maybe a little bumpy back there but if you are traveling coach it may be a good idea to book a seat at the back. First Class well you would assume you would go head first into the ground. Die in style.
b. Not everyone including myself always listens to the emergency instructions at the beginning of the flight. Air New Zealand have a great video for this and use humor to attract your attention to the emergency instructions.
Anyway identify your nearest emergency exit before you take off. Count the number of rows ahead and behind to the nearest Exit. The reason for this is that it may be dark or smoky and unable to see and have to feel your way out of the plane.
c. Dress in practical easy to move clothing and shoes. Wear long pants, long sleeves and athletic shoes for best mobility. If you have to run from a burning plane across a muddy field you will find heels, clogs or flip-flops totally impractical.
d. If possible stow your carry on under the seat in front of you.
Your carry on in this position will protect your legs.
Rest your forehead on the seat in front of you and let your arms hang loose. This way your head will have minimum movement on impact.
e. Listen closely to the instructions from the Flight attendant. Do not question it is no time to argue. Follow those instructions to the letter
“Extreme situations always sound crazy – until you’re in one.”
Driving in remote places in triple digit temperatures and your car breaks down.
Apparently a person can survive up to 48 hours in a hot climate without water. The secret is limiting evaporation. Covering up with clothing helps hold the body moisture. Don’t be exposing the skin with skimpy tops and shorts.
a. If you know you will be traveling in hot harsh conditions carry at least 2 gallons of water per person per day as well as some salty snacks to replace the salt you may lose during sweating. I have a friend that always carry’s a two gallon container in her car where ever she goes as you never know when you may get caught in a traffic jam in very hot conditions on the highway where there is no where to get off the road.
A golf umbrella in the trunk is also a good idea for instant shade. If you are hiking let someone know where you are going and for how long.
b. Check your tires – Check them before you leave to make sure they are at the right pressure. If the air is 100 degrees, the pavement can be between 180 and 200 degrees. Blowouts are common.
c. Stay with your vehicle – Your car is your survival kit. It is easier to spot a car than a person from above. The car also provides shelter and shade and you can always use the horn and lights for signaling . Keep the doors open for ventilation and lift te hood of the car so someone can see your are in strife.
d. Get off the ground – The ground will be extremely hot. If you have to be outside in the heat use a chair if you have one in the trunk or use one of the seats.
Guy Haskell a 30 year EMS veteran and executive director of EMS services in Bloomington Indiana says:– “Extreme situations always sound crazy – until you’re in one.”
Your car is in a large Body of Water and sinking. Cars do drive off bridges and get caught in flash floods.
A. Work before you sink – As a car sinks outside pressure against the windows and doors will only build. If you submerge it will be almost impossible to open the doors. Electric windows may not work because of a short-circuit. Try open a door or window before th car is completely covered.
Be prepared for the water that will enter your car. Move fast and get out of the car.
B. In a flash flood, use your car – Water in flash floods are generally fast-moving and may not be as deep as a lake so is not going to sink completely. If water slams you car enough that you start moving stay in the car. The car now becomes your boat and protects you from strong currents, mud and any debris that may harm you. In shallow current hopefully the car will bump against something and stop. That will give you a chance to climb out to the roof to escape or signal for help. Use a horn or swing a shirt or towel around to attract attention.
C. Be Prepared – Buy a car escape tool. A combined hammer and knife. One to smash the window and the other to cut the seat belt if it gets jammed. Make sure it is easily accessible like the seat pocket or glove box.
There is also a gadget for your ignition keys but with the rather tragic results with some vehicles because of having something heavy on your key chain it is probably not a good idea.
The address to buy this life saving instrument is below the picture
Go to Amazon to purchase this Life Hammer
We have all listened, via the television and newspapers the banter that has been going on between politicians. I for one, and I am sure I am not alone, are finding it very hard to have any respect for any of them. It does not matter what party they belong to. I find it hard to comprehend that we allow these people to run our lives, so easily take away our freedoms, basically give them the power to steal our hard earned money send our young to war.
When I saw this video, it almost shocked me in to understanding what our young generation will be up against in the future. I will not see it as I will probably be ‘pushing up daisies’ but it does not make me feel any less disturbed. We love our children and grandchildren none of us want them to struggle with their existence like it appears that they may.
I personally believe that these children will start standing up for their rights and these politicians will not get away with what they do now and I believe our kids will change the future because they will have to. I believe they will make a greater future for themselves and hopefully without politicians and Big Brother standing over them.
Power Line Blog held a prize competition for $100,000 for whoever can most effectively and creatively dramatize the significance of the federal debt crisis. Any creative product was eligible: videos, songs, paintings, screenplays, Power Point presentations, essays, performance art, or anything else.
Several entries have gotten a lot of attention and a lot of views or listens. But unquestionably, the one that has most gone viral so far is Doorbell.