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Old 08-23-2011, 06:47 PM   #1
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So I just wanted to share a funny, but at the same time, eye opening experience. First off I'm no sort of LE or military or anything like that so everything I know on both firearms and survival is self taught. I'm sure some of you heard about, or possibly felt the 5.8 we just had about 30 minutes ago. Well I work in a call center for a credit card company and was at work when it hit. It lasted about 30-45 seconds but I only observed with out action for about 5 seconds before I disconnected the call I was on and tucked my big ass under my desk. When I got up to head outdoors in case of any aftershock I noticed not a single person had done the same (and I work with about 300+ others). I proceeded outside while a manager told me to stay at my desk. I kindly told him that he can deduct my time from my paycheck because I would not put my life in danger and I needed to check on my wife. I say funny because imagine what others thought when they saw a 250 lbs man in the fetal position under his desk but I say eye opening because not a single other person including management seemed to know the precautions to take during such an event. And on top of that the level of hysteria after wards from some of my coworkers was shocking. I can only imagine what would happen if they were to put the evacuation orders in effect. I feel people would have been trampled in the chaos. ANYWAY, I just thought I'd share that little story for you guys and get your thoughts and possible reactions if you were in the same situation.

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Old 08-23-2011, 07:02 PM   #2
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I have no experience with an earthquake, but I have been in similar situations when the fire alarm goes off in a building and I am the only one that gets up and leaves. Once classroom environment. The teacher just kept on teaching and everyone else just sat there. I stood up and announced that I was leaving.

Seems like most people have to be told exactly what to do.

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Seems like most people have to be told exactly what to do.
Just like the gub-mint taught them.

In a nanny-state there is no situational awareness.

Here's the sad fact, every Federal building in DC evacuated! Got to protect those gub-mint workers.
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I've been on a couple 7+ and an 8.1 earthquake (with several 6&7 aftershocks). Totally different experience compared to a 5 or 6.

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Oh I also failed to mention we had no evacuation of any kind! There were a couple of our offices in the surrounding areas that closes right away and this is the email they sent our building (in a but shell) "due to the events of the recent earthquake other buildings in the area have closed for the day. However, after a careful inspection (10 minutes after the earthquake?!) and no damage we will remain open BAU. in the event of aftershock be prepared, for we MAY invoke rapid evacuation."

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All I heard from it was "we are just gonna wait till something else happens before we let y'all go". It made me sick but I guess enough people complained and they shut us down too. Now I'm just waitin for that damn aftershock

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in the event of aftershock be prepared, for we MAY invoke rapid evacuation."
Sounds like what my bowels would say...if they could talk.
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Sounds like what my bowels would say...if they could talk.
Lololol that's funny right thur
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I am so glad I was not the only person sitting under a desk in Richmond today. And yes, 75% of the general population is qualified for a room at the State Home for the Clueless.

Ref: Fire alarm- years back, was working for a college. Small fire in mechanical room, fire alarm has activated, fire department en route, going thru checking building, found one entire class still sitting in their seats. Told Prof "Sir, there is a fire- please take your students and leave now." He looked at me, and said "But they are taking an exam." I turned to students, said "Put your exams face down on the desk, stand up, out the door, down the stairs to your left. Now." I DID have the pleasure of being in the office when the president of the college took several strips off of his hide for being stupid.

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Yea, I bet the OP wears his seatbelt, stops at redlights, keeps his finger off the trigger and his firearm pointed downrange. wimp.

You did exactly what I would have done.

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