Virginia earthquake

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by ThinkFastHolsters, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. ThinkFastHolsters

    ThinkFastHolsters New Member

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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 *** 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.
     
  2. Lowrider

    Lowrider New Member

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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.

    Cattle instinct.
     

  3. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    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. :rolleyes:
     
  4. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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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.
     
  5. ThinkFastHolsters

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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."
     
  6. ThinkFastHolsters

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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
     
  7. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Sounds like what my bowels would say...if they could talk.
     
  8. ThinkFastHolsters

    ThinkFastHolsters New Member

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    Lololol that's funny right thur
     
  9. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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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.

    Do not confuse learning with intelligence.
     
  10. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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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.:D

    You did exactly what I would have done. :)
     
  11. shadamai

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    I would have done the same thing- get under a desk or table, then leave until I knew it was safe to return. It's just common sense and established earthquake safety procedure.

    I know exactly how you feel- I have many times been the only person to leave the building at work when there was a fire alarm. I have told customers that I was leaving until the alarm was over and that they might want to leave, too. Most employees and customers just go on as usual. A few months ago we had an alarm go off at work and I dragged my closest coworker outside with me. She kept asking if we were going to get in trouble for leaving our area unmanned. I told her I could care less what they thought and where I thought they could shove it, though I think it would be very bad legally for a company to insist that their workers remain indoors during a fire alarm.

    I see people at the mall sit in the food court, feeding their babies strapped into high chairs as if nothing was going on, going into interior restrooms, etc. during fire alarms.

    I don't play around. I was lucky to escape a burning building once (and only because I got up right away to see why the fire alarm was going off) and so I get the heck out of anyplace the alarm sounds. Personally, I have seen how quickly a fire spreads...it is better to be safe outside by yourself than to trapped inside of a building with everyone else before you finally realize there is a real emergency.
     
  12. MGH

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    Last year some student set a fire in one of the microwaves in a dorm here on campus. It was put out but the hall was full of smoke and the local FD had to roll and check the building. We had to go door to door and check all the dorms I was shocked to see all the students still in their rooms.:eek:
    Alarm in full swing hazy smoky hallway and they still didn't want to leave the building because "it was cold out" :mad:
     
  13. NOVA

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    Darwin was right!

    I work with engineers. After the first few seconds I jumped under my desk. As soon as it was over I headed out the door. One of the younger engineers asked me "do you think we should?" Well, duh!!!
     
  14. shadamai

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    I don't buy into the idea that I have a bacterial ancestor that randomly and accidentally formed by itself, but there is something to be said for "survival of the fittest."
     
  15. Lessdragon

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    scientists

    In general, but not necissarily 100%, of scientific people that "believe" in evolution actually dont believe that life can occur from non life. Luis Pastur or how ever it is spelled disproved the possabilty in the late 1800s. But alas there are still some wack jobs out there. And as far as evolution goes, there have been over 10,000 irreducably complex organisms classified in the last 30ish years that all point to evolution as being nothing but an interesting pile of crap.
     
  16. Lessdragon

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    Fire technology

    While I was taking some fire tech classes to get my fire fighter 1 license, we were shown videos of a group of people sitting inside a of a room, and everyone but 1 person knew what was about to happen and were told to just act as if nothin bad was happening. so as the fire alarms went off and the room started to fill with smoke they(everyone who was in on it) acted normal, and the one person who didnt know what was happening would either get up and leave or just look at everyone else and decide to stay because eveyone else did. Statistics from study: 1 in 13 people left, 1 in 6 almost left but decided to stay, everyone else just stayed in their seats because thats what everyone else did.
     
  17. c3shooter

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    earthquake.jpg click the pic to enlarge

    This was the damage at our house. Where is FEMA? :rolleyes:
     
  18. PerpetualStudent

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    C3 LoL

    The Mind is like a Parachute. It only works when it's open.