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EXTRACT FROM DOUG COPP'S ARTICLE ON 'THE
TRIANGLE OF LIFE'
My name is Doug Copp. I am the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the American
Rescue Team International (ARTI ), the world's most experienced rescue team. The
information in this article will save lives in an earthquake.
I have crawled inside 875 collapsed buildings, worked with rescue teams from 60
countries, founded rescue teams in several countries, and I am a member of many
rescue teams from many countries. I was the United Nations expert in Disaster
Mitigation for two years, and have worked at every major disaster in the world
since 1985, except for simultaneous disasters.
The first building I ever crawled inside of was a school in Mexico City during
the 1985 earthquake. Every child was under its desk. Every child was crushed to
the thickness of their bones. They could have survived by lying down next to
their desks in the aisles. It was obscene -- unnecessary.
Simply stated, when buildings collapse, the weight of the ceilings falling upon
the objects or furniture inside crushes these objects, leaving a space or void
next to them - NOT under them. This space is what I call the 'triangle of life'.
The larger the object, the stronger, the less it will compact. The less the
object compacts, the larger the void, the greater the probability tha t the
person who is using this void for safety will not be injured. The next time you
watch collapsed buildings, on television, count the 'triangles' you see formed.
They are everywhere. It is the most common shape, you will see, in a collapsed
TIPS FOR EARTHQUAKE SAFETY
1) Most everyone who simply 'ducks and covers' when building collapse are
crushed to death. People who get under objects, like desks or cars, are crushed.
2) Cats, dogs and babies often naturally curl up in the fetal position. You
should too in an earthquake. It is a natural safety/survival instinct. You can
survive in a smaller void. Get next to an object, next to a sofa, next to a bed,
next to a large bulky object that will compress slightly but leave a void next
3) Wooden buildings are the safest type of construction to be in during an
earthquake. Wood is flexible and moves with the force of the earthquake. If the
wooden building does collapse, large survival voids are created. Also, the
wooden building has less concentrated, crushing weight. Brick buildings will
break into individual bricks. Bricks will cause many injuries but less squashed
bodies than concrete slabs.
4) If you are in bed during the night and an earthquake occurs, simply roll off
the bed. A safe void will exist around the bed. Hotels can achieve a much
greater survival rate in earthquakes, simply by posting a sign on the back of
the door of every room telling occupants to lie down on the floor, next to the
bottom of the bed during an earthquake.
5) If an earthquake happens and you cannot easily escape by getting out the door
or window, then lie down and curl up in the fetal position next to a sofa, or
6) Most everyone who gets under a doorway when buildings collapse is killed.
How? If you stand under a doorway and the doorjamb falls forward or backward you
will be crushed by the ceiling above. If the door jam falls sideways you will be
cut in half by the doorway. In either case, you will be killed!
7) Never go to the stairs. The stairs have a different 'moment of frequency'
(they swing separately from the main part of the building). The stairs and
remainder of the building continuously bump into each other until structural
failure of the stairs takes place. The people who get on stairs before they fail
are chopped up by the stair treads - horribly mutilated. Even if the building
doesn't collapse, stay away from the stairs. The stairs are a likely part of the
building to be damaged. Even if the stairs are not collapsed by the earthquake,
they may collapse later when overloaded by fleeing people. They should always be
checked for safety, even when the rest of the building is not damaged.
8) Get near the outer walls of buildings or outside of them if possible - It is
much better to be near the outside of the building rather than the interior. The
farther inside you are from the outside perimeter of the building the greater
the probability that your escape route will be blocked.
9) People inside of their vehicles are crushed when the road above falls in an
earthquake and crushes their vehicles; which is exactly what happened with the
slabs between the decks of the Nimitz Freeway. The victims of the San Francisco
earthquake all stayed inside of their vehicles. They were all killed. They could
have easily survived by getting out and sitting or lying next to their vehicles.
Everyone killed would have survived if they had been able to get out of their
cars and sit or lie next to them. All the crushed cars had voids 3 feet high
next to them, except for the cars that had columns fall directly across them.
10) I discovered, while crawling inside of collapsed newspaper offices and other
offices with a lot of paper, that paper does not compact. Large voids are found
surrounding stacks of paper.
Spread the word and save someone's life...
The entire world is experiencing natural calamities so be prepared!
'We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly'
In 1996 we made a film, which proved my survival methodology to be correct. The
Turkish Federal Government, City of Istanbul, University of Istanbul Case
Productions and ARTI cooperated to film this practical, scientific test. We
collapsed a school and a home with 20 mannequins inside. Ten mannequins did
'duck and cover,' and ten mannequins I used in my 'triangle of life' survival
method. After the simulated earthquake collapse we crawled through the rubble
and entered the building to film and document the results. The film, in which I
practiced my survival techniques under directly observable, scientific
conditions , relevant to building collapse, showed there would have been zero
percent survival for those doing duck and cover.
There would likely have been 100 percent survivability for people using my
method of the 'triangle of life.' This film has been seen by millions of viewers
on television in Turkey and the rest of Europe, and it was seen in the USA ,
Canada and Latin America on the TV program Real TV.
Subject: Save your life with "The Triangle of Life"
"Triangle of Life":
Without listening or reading, simply by looking at the following
self-explanatory photos, you can learn more than in a thousand words about how
to protect yourself during a major earthquake...
If you are inside a vehicle, come out and
sit or lie down next to it. If something falls on the vehicle, it will leave an
empty space along the sides.
American Rescue Team
International ARTI is said to be the World's most experienced rescue
team and disaster management-mitigation organization.
( Source: Internet )