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RED ALERT! THIS IS NOT A JOKE! IF YOU DON'T HAVE TIME TO READ IT NOW, PRINT IT OUT AND TAKE HOME AND TEACH THIS TO YOUR FAMILY AND SEND THIS TO YOUR ENTIRE DATABASE, IT JUST MAY SAVE LIVES, PERHAPS...YOUR OWN.


Find out from your children’s school what they teach the kids and get it corrected. And forward this to everyone you care about.
 
EXTRACT FROM DOUG COPP'S ARTICLE ON THE: 'TRIANGLE OF LIFE'

My name is Doug Copp. I am the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the
American Rescue Team International (ARTI), the world's most experienced
rescue team. The information in this article will save lives in an
earthquake.

I have crawled inside 875 collapsed buildings, worked with rescue teams from
60 countries, founded rescue teams in several countries, and I am a member
of many rescue teams from many countries.

I was the United Nations expert in Disaster Mitigation for two years. I have
worked at every major disaster in the world since 1985, except for
simultaneous disasters.

The first building I 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 and I
wondered why the children were not in the aisles. I didn't at the time know
that the children were told to hide under something. I am amazed that even
today schools are still using the ?Duck and Cover? instructions- telling the
children to squat under their desks with their heads bowed and covered with
their hands. This was the technique used in the Mexico City school.

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. 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 EARTHQUAKE SAFETY

1) Almost everyone who simply 'ducks and covers' when buildings collapse ARE
CRUSHED TO DEATH. People who get under objects, like desks or cars, are
crushed.

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. That
position helps you survive in a smaller void. Get next to an object, next to
a sofa, next to a large bulky object that will compress slightly but leave a
void next to it.

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. Concrete slab buildings are the most
dangerous during an earthquake.

4) If you are in bed during the night and an earthquake occurs, simply roll
off the bed. A safe void will exist around the bed. Hotels can 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.

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.

6) Almost everyone who gets under a doorway when buildings collapse is
killed. How? If you stand under a doorway and the doorjamb 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 takes place. 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.

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 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. The victims of the
San Francisco earthquake all stayed inside of their vehicles. They were all
killed. They could have easily survived by getting out and lying in the
fetal position 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 them.
All the crushed cars had voids 3 feet high next to them, except for the cars
that had columns fall directly across them.

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.

In 1996 we made a film, which proved my 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 with 20 mannequins inside. Ten
mannequins did 'duck and cover,' and ten mannequins I used in my 'triangle
of life' survival method. 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 directly
observable, scientific conditions, relevant to building collapse, showed
there would have been zero percent survival for those doing duck and cover.

There would likely have been 100 percent survivability 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.

Spread the word and save someones life... The entire world is experiencing
natural calamities so be prepared!

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Thank you for this great post, so timely now with all the world wide calamities going on constantly.

Jan 22, 2010 10:08 AM #1
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Karin Elliott
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This was a powerful post! I am going to print it and bring it to my children's school. I would have done all the wrong things before reading this.

Jan 22, 2010 10:12 AM #2
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John and Janis, thanks for posting this informational blog. I think people are not educated at all about what to do in an earthquake, me included. This is very helpful.

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Thanks Clark. That's exactly why I wanted to post this. Having seen so much of this first hand and then Haiti.

Karin, you would be doing your school and your children a huge favor. I only wish I would have know this twenty-five years ago.

Frank & Sharon, earthquakes can happen anytime or anyplace i.e. Haiti (200 years since their last major event) Plus, frankly while working in Florida after Hurricane Charlie I saw almost as many collapsed structures as I did wind blown damage. This triangle of Live is not exclusive to earthquakes by any means.

I am going to start a new AR group if I get enough interest because it's folks like us that will dissimate the information throughout USA and believe me this is a message that we all need to hear and share ASAP.

Jan 22, 2010 12:57 PM #4
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Tamara Perlman
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Hi John--Thanks for the heads up that you had re-blogged this.  I had always wondered about the instruction to get under something or stand in doorways... didn't make sense to me.  Fortunately, I've never had to test it.  Now I'll know not to!  Guess sometimes it's best to trust your instincts!

Jan 22, 2010 04:04 PM #5
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Boy you got that right. Add to that the fact that the triangle is the strongest object known to man. If the law of physics is applied which I tend to put my trust in. Under a heavy load, a square distorts easily. It ends up looking like a parallelogram. If you put a brace diagonally across the middle of the square, you create two triangles and a much stronger shape. In fact, the triangle is the only shape that cannot be deformed without changing the length of one of its sides. It just makes sooooooo much sense.

Jan 22, 2010 04:26 PM #6
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Terry Chenier
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John,

That's a lot of information I didn't know about. Thanks for posting.

Jan 22, 2010 04:35 PM #7
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I live is California and have NOT seen this thorough instructions on how to best survive in a collapsed building during an earthquake!  Very timely re-post the the awful quake in Haiti!!  THANKS for this post!!

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Terry and Kathy,

Thanksfor your reasponses. Haiti and my years of experience in the disaster response business is exactly why I'm sharing this with the AR community. I am going to write a post about a new group I would like to form if I have enough interest from the our members. I have called it the "AR Disaster Response For Lunch Bunch"

I will add you to my list of associates and keep you posted. I think you will respond favorably to this idea.

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