When Heroes are Zeros: Don’t Be Rambo When Disaster Strikes

by Tanya Thomas on Sep 10 2008 9:26 AM

Real and reel are two different things, and it’s better to keep it that way! Rambo can survive a volley of bullets on screen, but remember the warning which goes “Don’t try this at home”? A leading survival expert says that overestimating your survival tactics may turn out foolish and may even cost you dearly. You’re more likely to get out of a disaster alive if you play it safe, just stay strong-willed and humble.

Author Robert Gonzales has identified what he believes to be the keys to surviving a major disaster.

To reach the conclusion, Gonzales reviewed miraculous tales of survival from catastrophes like the Burmese cyclone, September 11 attacks and the Boxing Day tsunami for his book 'Deep Survival'.

"(The survivors) are people who tend to have a view of the world that does not paint them as a victim," quoted him, as telling CNN.

"They're not whiners who are always complaining about the bad things that are happening to them and expecting to get rescued," he added.

Referring to the analysis, he said, about 75 per cent of people caught in a catastrophe either freeze or simply wander in a daze.

"The first thing people do when something bad happens is to be in denial. People who make good survivors tend to get through that phase quickly. They accept the evidence of their senses," Gonzales said.

"Humility can keep you out of trouble," Gonzales says.

"If you go busting into the wilderness with the attitude that you know what's going on, you're liable to miss important cues," he added.