Monday, March 21, 2011

Where To Go During an Earthquake

Where to Go During an Earthquake

Remember that stuff about hiding under a table or standing in a doorway? Well, forget it! This is a real eye opener. It could save your life someday.


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, and 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.

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 - NOT under 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.


1) Most everyone who simply 'ducks and covers' when building 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. You can survive in a smaller void. Get next to an object, next to a sofa, next to a bed, 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.

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) Most 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 sitting or lying 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.

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Subject: Save your life with "The Triangle of Life"

"Triangle of Life":

Without listening or reading, simply by looking at the following self-explanatory photos, you can learn more than in a thousand words about how to protect yourself during a major earthquake...

If you are inside a vehicle, come out and sit or lie down next to it. If something falls on the vehicle, it will leave an empty space along the sides. See below:


American Rescue Team International
ARTIis said to be the World's most experienced rescue team and disaster management-mitigation organization.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Love The Irish

Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn't find a parking place. Looking up to heaven he said, 'Lord take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and give up me Irish Whiskey!'
Miraculously, a parking place appeared.
Paddy looked up again and said, 'Never mind, I found one.'

Go Green!

I'm watering my plants right now. With my work schedule, I've been neglecting them. All I seem to do these days are eat/sleep/work.

No excuses!... I'm so sorry, plants. If it weren't St. Patrick's Day today, I'd forget again. I love ya'll, you know that.

My plants love me, though. They love the music in the house, I think that's what it is. I remember many years ago when I lived in L.A. and I had to go to Asia for a music event. A friend who was housesitting told me that I had one particular plant which, instead of facing the sun, would face my YAMAHA organ and go around it. Wow!

My friends tease me that I don't have a green thumb; rather, my plants have human heart!

St. Patrick's Day


"Quote of the Day"

If you want to be happy, be. - Leo Tolstoy

(I have a song, HAPPY, with these words, ... be happy, be happy, be.)

Aah, This is Life!!

Morning is LIFE!! Woke up, got up pretty early today which is not my usual! Did tai chi at the deck, crispy cold, but I liked it! 

This is life! I miss it. With my work shift, it's not easy to be up at this time. Hope I get the schedule I want. I like day!


Post Script

Whoever wrote this quote has a lot of determination. He, she is so full of hope, got great attitude! He, she sees things from a different perspective. This, I should say, is HOPE defined. Very inspiring and I'm all inspired!

Thanks, whoever you are!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"Quote of the Day"

Missing someone gets easier every day because even though it's one day further from the last time you saw each other, it's one day closer to the next time you will. ~Author Unknown

Sunday, March 13, 2011


8.9 earthquake devastates Japan and tsunami terrorizes the Pacific from Asia to California.

Our thoughts and prayers go to the people of Japan with much love, sympathy, and hope.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


There's an old Spanish proverb that, they say, came from Persia -
Be like the sandalwood which perfumes the ax that wounds it.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lenten Season

Lent begins today March 9, Ash Wednesday. Have a blessed season.

Psalm 23 The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.

(I wrote a song, Lord, You're My Shepherd, with lyrics by Carmen "Pinky" Valdes on her album Sandalwood, which Norman & I produced. It's available on iTunes)

A Gentle Reminder

Don't forget to say "I love you". Ever... And sincerely. Don't hold back. Love is too precious to keep to yourself. And the person you're not telling it to is too precious not to know. He, she deserves it.

Say it to someone you love, you care for, to something that means a lot to you. Life is too precious to take for granted!

Remember, hey... I love you.


95!!... NINETY-FIVE!!

Today is my Mother's 95th birthday! Praise the Lord! ALLELUIA!




Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Thought for the Day

Sharing a beautiful line I came across on-line -
When you're down to nothing, God is up to something.