A car could sink when falling off a bridge or simply when there is a flash flood. Once your the water starts pouring into your vehicle, do the following:
- Stay calm, don't panic.
- Unfasten your seat belt. (don't forget that)
- Roll down your side window.
- If it cannot be rolled down: break it with a heavy object (flashlight ...).
- Don't try to break the windshield, it's very hard to break.
- Swim out and head to the surface.
Reminder: Don't panic and forget your seat belt on, don't waste your time trying to save valuable possessions. SAVE YOURSELF.
How to Survive a House Fire
Statistically speaking, fires usually happen between 8 pm to 8 am. So chances you will be asleep when that happens, make sure you have smoke detectors in every room and that they're actually working. Follow these steps:
- When you see the fire or smoke drop to the floor and crawl down.
- When you reach a door, feel if it's hot before touching it to avoid burning your hand.
- If it's hot, keep it closed, because it's protecting you from the smoke.
- Try to get out of the window if living in the lower floor. Or signal for help if otherwise.
- If the door is not hot, open it and find your exit from the house.
- If your clothes catch on fire, stop where you are. Don’t run. Quickly drop to the ground. Roll over and over. This will put out the flames.
- Call 911 or see if you can signal for help out of the window with a white shirt or flash light.
- Other tips are: prepare a wet blanket to protect your body from burns. If there is too much smoke in the room, break the windows to have fresh air in the room.
- Plan and practice with your family before a disaster hits.
- Practice what to do with your kids when there is a fire.
- Decide a meeting place where the whole family can meet (mailbox for example), so that if someone is not there, you would know that person is still inside.
How To Survive a Tornado
Tornadoes are unpredictable and destructive, they can wipe out a whole area in a matter of seconds. About 1000 tornadoes hit the U.S every year. Knowing how to save yourself depends on where you are. Below is what to do in 3 scenarios:
If you are in a structure (e.g. residence, small building, school, nursing home, hospital, factory, shopping center, high-rise building) go to a pre-designated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Place yourself with as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck. Do not open windows.
If you're in a vehicle, trailer, or mobile home Get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.
If you're outside with no shelter then lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Be aware of the potential for flooding.
- Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
- Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.
- Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.
- Listen to a portable radio (weather channel), a key possession in a tornado, and wait for the official all clear.
More information: We hope this page was helpful and provided you with some information on how to survivw different types of emergencies such as a sinking car, a house fire, and a tornado. Check out our main page for more survival scenarios here Survival Guide, knowledge is light, and knowledge can save your life. Make sure you do your best to know what to do in a survival situation and then hope for the best.
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