Story 1: Where to sit down in a bus?
When I go abroad, I usually take an Airport Limousine Bus from ÐÂ?ÙºÏ?öÇð station adjacent my home; that is more convenient than taking trains with 2 transfers. When I get on the bus, I usually sit down somewhere around row 4 to 8 - aisle. Why?
Probably you saw pictures of many bus accidents to date. Some were severely damaged, but usually, the car between two axles (front and rear axles) remains so-so safe. The people sitting in front 2 to 3 rows were often dead, or severely injured.
Also, if another car clashes the bus from its side, the window side people are more in danger.
This is the reasons why I try to find a seat at aisle - row 4 thru 10.
Story 2. Seatbelt
If you once board on an airplane, you may be heard ??restore the table and seat back to the original position, blah, blah.?? Why? You probably never heard the explanations.
If you recline the seat and meet a car accident, even the speed may be only 30 km/hour, the seatbelt (horizontal one) may choke your internal organs (it is so called ??submarine effect?? ) and you may be dead because of internal bleeding; If the seat back is standing, your hip bone will hold your weight so that much safer. Therefore, if my wife or child at the navigator sheet likes to sleep and recline the sheet back, I usually say ??release your seatbelt??. It is illegal and subject to fine in Japan, but better than to risk their life. Don??t you think so?
Story 3. Candle in your car
If you would drive a car in very cold country side, you may carry one piece of big candle in your car. If your car may be stuck in heavy snow and run out gasoline, no more heat is available. Light the candle and open the window a few millimeters. One candle saves your life from freezing.
Story 4. Bathrobe in a hotel room
When I stay at a hotel, I usually check whether a bathrobe is equipped. I also check the refrigerator and how many litters of water (even a juice is OK) is available. I often buy a big bottle of water just for the sake of safety. I also carry an activated charcoal type mask. Why?
Assume if a fire occurs at a few floors below your room floor. The water in toilet tank may be enough to wet the bathrobe. Put a large towel around your head and neck and make it wet by water. A set of army cotton globes is nice to have also. You can now run down the emergency stairs even you may see fire everywhere.
To go up the stairs does not necessarily secure your life. At the
roof of the building, you may realize that the ladder truck cannot reach higher than the 7th or 8th floor.
So, I may take the risk to run down the stairs, but with the above preparation.
Story 5. Non-drinkable water stock
At my house in Japan, in addition to 30L or so drinking water, we have an 80L plastic tank at balcony. Every year or two, I replace the content with fresh tapped water. Why?
Japan is sometimes called an Earthquake Country. You may know some big ones such as Éñ‘õ?óµØÕð (1995.01.17, 5,000 people dead),
??ÐÂ?•??ÖÐÔ??óµØÕð (2005.10.23), ÖÐÔ?›_?óµØÕð (2007.07.16). In all the case, electricity line could be recovered within a day or two. But, gas and water supply took at least a week to come back.
In any big city area, rescue organization will supply drinking water as priority, but flushing toilet was a big issue. If such a big one happens in Tokyo in day time, many office workers will be stuck in office. They cannot go back home due to broken transportation lines. If they eat anything, they need to go to toilet. Now you can guess what would happen.
This is the reasons why I stock 80L non-drinkable water in a plastic tank at my home. For 4 family members, it may be enough for 2 days.
We also refill the gasoline tank of our car when the level becomes 1/3. By using the remaining 1/3, we can run out from the epicenter at least 150 km away.
Are you thinking all the time like the above what I am taking as my own safety measures?
There are many ways to prevent or lighten/diminish the damages from disasters or fatalities.
When something like the above (accidents/disasters/fatalities) happens, it is too late to cry.
So far I fortunately did not experience those accidents; but I am prepared. Otherwise, when I would experience it, I were already dead!!!
I listed above only some interesting ones, but in fact, there are hundreds of other minor things I pay attention in my daily life. Learning of disease and medical aid, preparation of survival kit are the minimum requirement.
Before Johnny Zhang recently visited New York, I gave him tips where, in what occasion he may meet a danger. He fortunately did not have any bad experience and may now think NY is nothing dangerous. But you may know, when he has experienced, he may be dead.
The story of ??car accident on wet road?? in my previous issue is the same theory. When you have met the accident, it is too late. You must learn much-much more I advance by yourself, i.e. the question is what you prepare; how much information you collected and analyzed in
order to avoid the ??actual experience?? (or lighten the damage from an experience).
In my professional career, I learned a lot to prepare myself but not necessarily used those. The most of my learning told me how to mitigate risks and be successful, but almost all are indirect and never directly experienced ones. I just say I was lucky! True???
Is experience important? I think you now understand what I would like to convey to you.
T. Kato, EVP