(ModernSurvival.org) – The Orlando condo collapse has been a heartbreaking situation for the entire nation, with dozens of people confirmed dead and more still missing. After nearly two weeks of searching through the rubble, officials made the decision to end efforts to find survivors on Wednesday, July 8. The focus is now placed on recovering bodies from the debris of the collapsed building.
While this tragedy has been horrific, there are some miraculous stories coming out of it. Take, for instance, Deven Gonzalez, a 16-year-old who survived falling multiple stories when the building collapsed.
Deven’s family lived on the ninth floor of Champlain Towers South. When the building fell, Gonzalez and her parents dropped down to the fifth floor, where Devon and her mother were rescued. Her father is still among the missing.
For survivalists, this horrible event is yet another situation to learn from… and to prepare for.
How to Survive a Collapsed Building
Unfortunately, it often takes witnessing a disaster to make people wake up to the fact that being prepared isn’t just for conspiracy theorists in tin foil hats. Terrible events happen every day across the world, and taking preventative measures now can save a person’s life when disaster strikes.
While collapsing buildings aren’t a common threat (outside of natural disasters), the Orlando event shows that they do happen, and they’re devastating. To offer some insight as to how a person can increase their chances of survival in this situation,
How to Survive has provided the following video:
Keep an Emergency Kit
Having an emergency kit complete with non-perishable foods, water, flashlight, hand-crank radio and first aid is highly advisable for any emergency situation. But when it comes to being trapped inside the rubble of a collapsed building, these items could mean the difference between life and death.
Succumbing to panic is never good in a survival situation, but here it can be downright dangerous. Panic leads to hyperventilation, which increases the likelihood of inhaling dust, debris, and potentially dangerous gasses.
Keeping a level head will help when looking for escape routes too. While the structure of the building is likely to be much different after a collapse, knowing where to look for stairwells and windows were is a place to start.
Stay on the Floor
When a building collapses, it often does so much faster than one would think. Still, if the opportunity is there, get beneath heavy furniture such as a desk or table to reduce the risk of getting hurt by falling debris. Protect the head as much as possible. Staying low to the ground will also help avoid breathing in smoke, should a fire occur. Speaking of fire…
Beware of Fire
Between broken gas lines and ruptured electrical wiring, a collapsed building is the perfect environment for a fire to break out. Be extremely cautious when opening doors or entering new areas.
A collapsed building is an incredibly dangerous place to be, but with a bit of preparation and know-how, it is possible to survive this nightmare scenario. To see how to survive another disaster that could potentially lead to collapsing buildings, check out our article here.
~Here’s to Your Survival!
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