Surviving a Crisis
Different situations bring out different reactions in people. There are many types of reactions someone could have in a crisis. The three more common reactions are to panic, staying calm, or becoming an everyday hero. In a crisis, there are always people who panic, stay calm, and sometimes become heroes.
In a crisis, there are always people who panic. For example, when a bank robber holds a group of people against their will in an attempt to get the money, panic sets in. The hostages begin to scream, cry and cower in fear that they will soon lose their lives to someone not intending on hurting anyone in the first place. Even after the situation is over, the hostages are left panic stricken by the close encounter with injury or even death. Secondly, an individual that has a criminal record and is being pulled over by the police can often lead to panic if they’re in possession of an illegal substance or a deadly weapon. The thought of going back to prison could trigger something in that individual’s mind that would cause them to run or harm someone. Sometimes people in a crisis end up hurting themselves instead of others. A man working in his yard begins to feel a wrenching pain in his right calf and realizes he has just been bitten by a poisonous snake. He begins to panic and runs inside to get to a phone to call 911. By running into the house, instead of taking his time, he has helped the poison spread throughout his body and has lowered his chances of survival.
In a crisis, there are always people who remain calm. Take war time, for instance. When a platoon of soldiers who are on patrol get attacked, staying calm is what keeps all members alive. Each member depends on their fellow soldiers to remain calm to secure their safety. When one panics, it causes the others to panic, which could lead to the loss of the entire platoon. Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services personnel must remain calm as well. People’s...