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i wonder why any kind of emergency planning at the individual level is so heavily ridiculed

unrelated example: i almost always have a fire extinguisher and a trauma kit in the trunk of my car, people say things all the time. i've had to use them numerous times, and no one had any snarky comments at that time...

it seems like media makes a good business making fun, maybe that is a contributor, but it seemed to exist long before those shows appeared

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@twitter an inability to see themselves in a situation where they might need those options?
I work with some theoretically bright people, but sometimes they really don't have the ability to plan ahead for problems. even people who you'd think would know better by now.
people also go to pieces without practice/training, which I think might also turn into learned helplessness.
"I froze when this thing happened, so I'll always freeze. no point in planning ahead then."

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@twitter one time my spouse & I gave 1st aid to a guy who sliced open his hand pretty badly. everyone else froze up completely. after we sent the injured guy off to the nearest ER, we hung out for a bit. the business owner came out of shock a short while later & started talking about how completely worthless and how bad he felt.
we said 'no, dude. get first aid training. practice until you don't freeze up.'
it had never occurred to him, or to anyone else present.

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@ischade yeah, you bring up a great point. i used to teach emergency response, first aid, cpr, etc and that's absolutely true about training and practice. just being mentally prepared goes a long way, having that plan for what-if in the back of your mind you can just pull up immediately without having to think through every step on the fly

it's a weird thing that after events like you describe people don't seek out training, or at least look up what to do...

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@twitter yeah, I was very surprised. maybe planning ahead also takes practice? there's always [service]! they'll take care of it!
my parents made me practice for possible problems, which I hated. -until 'but what if there isn't [service]?' occurred to me. I started paying more attention after that.
I don't know, tho.

as far as ridicule, maybe an artifact of high school? some kids make fun of everything they don't understand, given a chance. some adults keep doing it. :(

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@ischade @twitter @velartrill if you know what to do, you can do a lot of it even when totally freaking tf out. if you don’t know what to do, when you freak out you certainly aren’t gonna come up with anything good.

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