I'm a pretty chilled and calm guy, a glass breaks or door slams or exhaust backfires or I get tapped on the shoulder and it rarely upsets my balance, whereas I see people around me like meerkats wide eyed bushy tailed.
But there was one instance a couple days ago that made me wonder how prepared I am for "day-to-day disaster".
I live in a highrise (for Adelaide
) so elevators are my life, on Friday we were up to the 12th floor, then a massive *CRACK* noise boomed from above us, and the lift plummeted briefly - maybe 2 feet maybe 20 feet, in a stainless steel box we had no point of reference - then after bouncing and stabilising, after 30 secs it continued its journey and delivered us to my floor. (with us praying to every God we'd ever heard of)
So I've often thought of theoretically the best ways to survive an elevator fall, but for the first time I considered it an actual possibility. (also, just watched Devil a few days ago - not helping)
The idea of jumping at the last minute seems futile, I don't even know whether you'd sort of be on the floor, stuck to the ceiling in freefall, or airborne. My mate who was in it with me said he'd just try to land on his side, cos weve built up some padding over time.
In the end my best solution - if possible - is to grab the handrail (if present) and push yourself to the floor - especially your head. You might end up with broken legs/back/etc, but if done right your head should receive minimal shock.
Anyhoo, what are some "everyday" disasters you are prepared for?