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For some reason, the older I get, the more risk averse I’ve become.  Like, when I was a kid, I wouldn’t give a second thought to sky-diving or bungee jumping or air travel.  But in the last few years, I’ve found myself becoming unreasonably anxious during flights, and you can forget about me EVER jumping out of a plane.  I don’t think you could pay me to do it.

So when I heard about today’s amazing emergency landing on the Hudson, my heart started beating a little fast and I thought to myself, I can’t even IMAGINE what I would do if I were in that situation.  Inevitably, when crazy events like today’s crash occur, there are all kinds of links to articles discussing disaster preparedness and human reaction in emergency situations.  But I find them totally fascinating (this may mean I’m the person to be with in the event of a disaster…not only because I’m a nutjob who reads these things and commits their recommendations to memory, but also because I’m a woman.  Apparently, studies show that women are more likely to evacuate a dangerous situation sooner than men are!).

In that vein, here are lots of good articles to take a look at to be prepared in the event of The Big One (for all you Californians), a fire, or an airplane crash.  Uh…Happy Thursday!

Q&A: How to Survive a Plane Crash

How to Escape Down an Airplane Slide

How to Get Out Alive

How to  Survive a Disaster

How to Survive Plane Decompression

[all articles from Time]

Amanda Ripley, who wrote most of these articles, also wrote a book exploring the survival topic further.  I’m slightly embarassed to say that I’ll probably be purchasing The Unthinkable very soon.  Paranoid neurotic?  No, I like to considered myself the Prepared Mama Bear.

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  1. 1.15.09
    ajlouny said:

    If I was on that plane I would start screaming for my mommy. Freaking out. They were brave and hopeful.

  2. 1.16.09
    coffee said:

    I’m glad no one was hurt in the crash, sounds like the pilot did a great job