January 2011


My special guest on Voices from the North in February, 2007 was Jill Freeman. Jill is an Alexander and vision improvement teacher. And she provides ACC supported Tai Chi classes for seniors twice weekly in the Mangonui Hall. For those in the Far North, Jill Freeman can be contacted on 09 4060969.

In this illuminating interview, Jill explains the origins of the Alexander Technique and how the method can be of immense help to people experiencing a lack of ease in breathing, speech, song or movement. The founder of the technique which eventually took his name, F. M. Alexander, was an actor who lost his voice. After consulting with numerous medical specialists he decided to take matters into his own hands. He began to observe himself closely and eventually surmised the importance of posture: in particular, the relation of the head to the neck and the torso. The entire interview can be heard below. Jill is a good story teller so the interview is filled with interesting antecdotes.

Now, I’d like to share a little more on the Alexander Technique. F. Matthias Alexander (1859-1955) is the founder of what has become known as the Alexander Technique. He was weak and sickly as a child growing up in rural Tasmania. Later, as a young Shakespearean actor in Melbourne he suffered from voice loss while reciting, a disastrous state of affairs for an ambitious young actor. Numerous doctors and voice teachers were unable to help him. In despair, he turned to self-enquiry, using a three-way mirror to observe his movements while engaged in the act of reciting.

He noticed that he tightened his neck muscles and pulled his head back when reciting, consequently compressing his spine. He discovered that these movements, the tension in his throat muscles and the sharp intake of breath just prior to reciting, had become habituated. And, at first, he was unable to break these harmful habits.

Then, after much effort and self-observation he found that if he didn’t tense his neck and stopped trying to correct the other faults, they disappeared on their own. “By not doing he managed to do.”

By not doing he was making a conscious choice to do. This is the fundamental guiding principle behind his teachings. He also determined that the relationship between his head, neck and torso influenced the posture of his entire body. He called this relationship ‘primary control.’ When he allowed his neck to be free and his head to move forwards and up, his back lengthened and his voice and recital work dramatically improved.

Alexander began to give voice lessons while continuing with his acting work, and for over fifty years he investigated human movement. He was a pioneer in body/mind work, being one of the first to identify the link between thought, emotion and action. In fact, all his work and conjecture was based on the indivisible unity of the human organism.

He found that he needed to use his hands to gently move clients’ bodies into the right position (for that individual). Ultimately he took his work to London and New York and led his first teachers training while working in London in 1930. Many famous people used and endorsed his technique. Since Alexander’s death, his work has grown and expanded worldwide. Today interested people can read books, go to a teacher for personal lessons, listen to an Alexander audio recording and/or attend group introductory seminars.

The Alexander Technique enhances personal body awareness and can help prevent backache and repetitive strain injuries. It is a personal, gentle, non-intrusive approach involving a teacher/student rather than therapist/client relationship.

Alexander’s premise was that much of what we do in the modern world is unnatural, yet we become habituated to these unnatural activities. Humans no longer move with the grace of wild animals or even that of native peoples. The Hopis call Westerners ‘termite people’ because we do so much. For generations we’ve been taught by society that it is important to always be doing something.

In being so busy we concentrate on what we have to do, rather than on the way in which we do it. This is just another example of being focused on the destination to such a degree that enjoyment of the journey is missed. I see F. M. Alexander’s example as one more reason to take time to smell the roses, watch the insects at work and lie on the grass in the rain. Isn’t it time to notice and engage in the natural beauty around you? This simple act can have a profound and positive influence on your health and well-being. Alexander said that that awareness and observation comprised fully 80% of the desired change in posture and action.

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I once read that one in two adults has back trouble. Until one-and-a-half years ago I was part of the lucky half.

Then, while in the garden in the winter of 2009, while Lucia was away in Europe, I suddenly collapsed in agony with what felt like a knife slashing through my lower back.

Lower Back Pain

It took over half an hour to crawl back to the house, nearly fainting several times. I found my water bottle on the bench by the door and promptly drank the entire contents of the glass bottle, knowing from my Touch for Health training that most pain is a symptom of dehydration. Nothing changed in this case, however. I was still nearly screaming with pain. I did manage to crawl to the kitchen, forced my body to stand in a crouch, and drank another couple of litres of water with barley grass powder stirred in. I needed to pick up Asha from school and I wasn’t even sure how I would get to the car, let alone drive it. Somehow, I managed.

To make a long story short, I visited my friendly local osteopath, John Somerville, a couple days later, when I realised my back just wasn’t getting better on its own. I walked out of that session feeling like a numb version of my own pre-back-pain self and gradually felt better over the coming days, finding slow, level beach walks to be the best back therapy at the time.

From that moment on, I’ve noticed that my back is more prone to pain than it was before the injury. Certain movements in the garden or an entire weekend of dancing could result in significant lower back pain. But, using a combination of gentle walking, a simple Alexander exercise, appropriate yoga asanas, and by massaging spinal pressure points on my hands, I’ve found ways to virtually eliminate back pain.

Cat and Cow

The yoga postures I use are the cat/cow, various twists, the pelvic lift and the child pose. These are all simple exercises anyone can do. And the Alexander posture I use involves simply lying on my back with bent knees and my head slightly elevated on a firm pillow (to elongate the spine) while my hands rest gently on my belly. I haven’t had to return to the osteopath since my initial visit because I’ve discovered yoga twists that virtually emulate the movement that John, the osteopath, used to manipulate the slipped vertebrae that was causing the pain in the first place.

One morning after a long weekend of Scottish Country Dancing I awoke in agony. I lay still on my back with my knees raised while pressing firmly on the pressure point on the outside of my hand just above the wrist. I didn’t let go despite a range of sensations in the tip of the index finger with which I was applying the pressure (as I’d learned doing Body Electronics with Dr. John Ray). Within 30 minutes my entire spine felt like it was on fire, and within 45 minutes I was out of bed, absolutely free of pain. Self massage can seem miraculous at times like this.

My back injury has forced me to be more aware of my posture when sitting, walking and working. This is good. It has also encouraged me to stop from time to time and lie on my back with knees raised. This is also good, bringing another form of meditation into everyday life. This experience with my back has once again demonstrated there is so much we can do to help ourselves to optimal health.

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Pete Grassby at the 2010 Mangonui Ceili

 

UK folk entertainer extraordinaire Pete Grassby (he’s been described as a ‘one-man folk festival’) made his annual foray to the Far North of New Zealand and the Mangonui Ceili last night. The hall was packed and Pete was on form with spirited and oft-hilarious dance calling. I interviewed multi-instrumentalist/singer Pete Grassby recently in a DBFR studio and I’d like to share a little of that Voices from the North interview with you now.

In the last months Pete has had his own brush with cancer. He had a mole removed from his back (a growth that had been there for something like 15 years – “It didn’t itch and it didn’t hurt and being in the middle of my back, I couldn’t see it so I left it’) that turned out to be cancerous so surgery was repeated and extended a further 5mm all around the original incision. “That felt more like a badger than a mole being removed,” said Pete. Get the humour?

Pete encourages anyone with an unusual skin growth to get it checked, rather than live with the uncertainty.

He has personally used the experience as a call to take stock. A few months back Pete lost another dear friend, guitarist Dave Bennett. Once again, a reminder that the termination of one’s life can come around at any time, so get on with what needs to be done.

Pete shared some touching live music in the studio after speaking about the origins of one of my favourite Pete Grassby songs—The Whale Song—from his Cilan CD. He started off the live music with a couple Richard Thompson offerings performed with Pete’s own interpretation on guitar (a six string kindly lent Pete by Dougie Chowns.) In addition to being a fine singer and superb guitarist, Richard Thompson is a great lyricist. So listen closely to the words Pete sings of Down Where the Drunkards Roll and Beeswing.

 Listen to the complete interview below:

At last count, Pete was able to play about 40 different instruments (including percussion) and he’d like to record one song on his upcoming CD that includes parts with each of these instruments. He’s a talented melodeon player (and repairer) and he squeezed out a medley of three tunes on the melodeon he brought with him from home. The three melodies were The Sweetness of Mary, Stan Chapman’s arrangement of a traditional Scottish tune and Marnie Swanson of the Grey Coast by Andy Thorburn.

Not long ago Pete played the Bunker in Devonport, Auckland. He calls it the best folk club in the world. That’s no small assertion from a man who’s played a lot of clubs in his lifetime in music.

Pete Grassby closed out the interview with a Tony Franklin song of a Cornish tinker called The Higgler. All in all this was a most enjoyable interview for me to be part of. Pete is wonderful, warm-hearted man and ‘folk song story telling’ is a natural extension of his kind and friendly nature. As always, we look forward to his return next January to the Mangonui Ceili. If all goes well I’ll interview him again then and include selections from the CD he plans to begin recording in a few months time.

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2012 has taken on almost mythical qualities, fuelled by the hype of films and books, many prone to the fears inherent in uncertainty. A dear friend of ours, Nevi Morrison, has been giving talks on 2012 and the nature of these times for many years. He recently wrote articles for a couple of newspapers here in New Zealand, one in the Far North and the other on Waiheke Island, where Nevi now resides. He has kindly emailed a draft of one of these articles to me which, with minor editorial changes, I post below:

By Nevi Morrison

I am sitting at the computer almost exactly two years from possibly the most powerful event in the history of our planet, occurring on December 21st, 2012. There is much misunderstanding around this event from fear to fundamentalism, without a clear understanding of what the ‘Wisdom Keepers’ of many of the world’s tribal traditions are really saying, and what messages they were leaving us . This has given rise to extreme views at both ends of the spectrum. At one end ‘Doomsday cults’ are predicting the ‘End of the World’! At the other end the many scientists feel nothing of any great significance will happen. What was really foretold thousands of years ago rests somewhere in the middle. 

The events then of 2012, according to the ancient wisdom, rather than heralding the end of the world, mark the end of a ‘World Age’. This present one—a period of 5125 years—began on August 11th, 3114BC, and will end on December 21st, 2012. Many ancient cultures, including the Greeks and Egyptians as well as the Aztecs and Mayans understood this journey of our planet through 12 constellations of the zodiac, known as the ‘Precession of the Equinoxes.’  There are five of these world ages in equal length—of which this present one is the last—and together total 25,625 years, a ‘Great Cycle’.

The now famous date of December 21st, 2012, marks the end of the Mayan ‘Long Count’ calendar, and this new era which the Mayans called Job Ajaw,  or ‘Fifth Sun’, will be ushered in by the solar meridian crossing the galactic equator and the earth aligning with the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy. At sunrise on that date, the sun will rise to intersect the Milky Way and the plane of the ecliptic. 

The ancients knew thousands of years ago that we would reach this turning point and the great ‘cleansing’ of Mother Earth would occur. In the East Indian tradition we are coming to the end of Kali Yuga, the Dark Age. The end of each of the previous ‘world ages’ has been marked by some form of cataclysm. Unfortunately, our present ‘advanced technological’ culture has often the arrogance of believing that all previous cultures were far more primitive than ours. What a huge mistake that is!

 

Our Beautiful Planet

The ‘more advanced’ civilizations the world over, particularly the West, have led to a highly developed technological society, of an ‘externally based authority’ in society, science, politics and religion. . This period has mainly been one of ‘masculine domination’ throughout the last 2000 years. Rather than attaining wisdom to add to this amazing knowledge, we have been destroying our environment, believing we are all powerful, and have worshiped greed, reason and materialism, and become slaves to our amazing inventions.

The great correction is all but upon us. However, this ‘purification’ period is predicted to be very short, and, according to the ancient wisdom, we then enter the age that many have been waiting for—the ‘Golden Age of Peace’—once again.   The most important shift is, therefore, not what plays out in the physical realms, but the shift in consciousness which is to a much higher vibration. 

As we move towards the ‘Shift of the Ages,’ however, we are seeing an increase of dramatic geological and climatic events—including massive floods in Australia and Pakistan, droughts, huge snowfalls in Europe paralysing traffic and air transport., earthquakes (the recent Christchurch earthquake is bringing these realities much closer to home), volcanic eruptions, drug resistant diseases, tsunamis, wars and conflicts, etc., as well as the imminent collapse of our world economic system, which has not served humanity as a whole. 

Also between November 2011 and December 2012 there is expected increased solar flare activity–solar max—accompanied by a huge  C.M.E. (Corona Mass Ejection) which if greater than 250 nano teslas, would disrupt all communications, satellites , aircraft and ship navigation. In addition, the intense electromagnetic radiation could  burn out the cores of many of the worlds high voltage transformers at power stations, which in a matter of a few hours, would plunge the side of the world facing the sun,  into a pre-electric era. Imagine the chaos that would cause! This is a possibility.

Will it really happen and how will all this unfold? No one really knows, but something is happening, everyone is feeling it, the evidence is all around us. If the Mayans and the Intertribal Medicine Societies of Native American Indians and other Wisdom traditions were right; what happens on the physical level is far less important than the long foretold shift in consciousness, which will propel us into a whole new paradigm, where there will be a greater awareness of who we truly are. The above scenario can all be viewed as ‘gloom and doom’, totally apocalyptic as the 2012 Hollywood disaster movie (on steroids!) shows, or can be seen with an awareness of this great opportunity to change.

How do we prepare then? In parts of the world survival groups are storing food and weapons. This is not the answer. What we fear we will attract. This is the law of the Universe. Others are asking, ‘Where will it be safe?’ Once again the ancient Wisdom Keepers have provided the clues. It is not where we are physically in the world although some places there will be less devastation that others, but our states of consciousness; either we are coming from ‘fear or love’.  North American Indian elders, such as Grandfather Titus, Harley Swiftdear and Sunbear,  who have all now left this earth, affirmed that we need to recognise our ‘Oneness’, our connection with each other, Mother Earth, and our Source, whatever we choose to call that.

From leaders of the world to our personal relationships we are seeing this universal dance being played out. The fear of letting go of control shows the old Piscean age of male authority is crumbling, and resisting it is futile. In all of the world’s great tribal and spiritual traditions, beyond the dogma and religious belief systems that have divided and separated man for centuries, there is an underlying theme that we are all ‘One’, all connected. 

Does this sound all very New Age airy-fairy? Not if we have even a simple understanding of ‘Quantum Physics’. At the subatomic level, everything, every atom is interconnected with every other atom. Our bodies and their cells contain the holographic memory of the whole mechanics of creation of the entire Universe! Modern science doesn’t have all the answers, none of us have, but science and Spirit are finally merging. The ‘Wisdom Keepers’ of these ancient cultures were without doubt leaving us a message, to come to the realisation that our presently held belief, that we are separate from each other and creation, the cause of (all of our problems), is a total illusion, and now that we know that, we can change it. We have to; there is no choice if we want to survive! We can choose to react in fear or respond with Love. It is up to us, all of us. This is what the 2012 ‘Shift of The Ages’ is really all about!

 

Related Posts:

2012: The End of the World or the Beginning of a New One?

Carlos Barrios Explains 2012 and the Mayan Calendar

2011 Predictions from Astrologer Stella Woods

The Mythic Call: A Mayan Prophecy

 

 

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My thanks to John Francis for sending the following story via email. This is very funny. And I don’t own a cell phone, a GPS device or a cordless phone. Enjoy! I don’t know who wrote it. Maybe someone reading this knows who the author is.

When I bought my Blackberry I thought about the 30-year business I ran with 1,800 employees, all without a cell phone that plays music, takes videos, pictures and communicates with Facebook and Twitter. I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook so that my seven kids, their spouses, 13 grand kids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way. I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.

But that was before one of my grand kids hooked me up for Tweeter, Tweetree, Twittertwirl, Twitterfon, Tweetie and Twittererific,Tweetdeck, Twitpix and something that sends every message to my cell phone and every other program within the texting world. My phone was beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of the entire next generation.

Cell Phone Baba

I am not ready to live like this so I keep my cell phone in the garage in my golf bag.

The kids bought me a GPS for my last birthday because they say I get lost every now and then going over to the grocery store or library. I keep that in a box under my tool bench with the Blue tooth [it’s red] phone I am supposed to use when I drive. I wore it once and was standing in line at Barnes and Noble talking to my wife and everyone in the nearest 50 yards was glaring at me. I had to take my hearing aid out to use it, and I got a little loud.

I mean the GPS looked pretty smart on my dash board, but the lady inside that gadget was the most annoying, rudest person I had run into in a long time. Every 10 minutes, she would sarcastically say, “Re-calc-u-lating.”  You would think that she could be nicer. It was like she could barely tolerate me. She would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to make a U-turn at the next light. Then if I made a right turn instead. Well, it was not a good relationship.

When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross streets and while she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the GPS lady, at least she loves me.

To be perfectly frank, I am still trying to learn how to use the cordless phones in our house. We have had them for 4 years, but I still haven’t figured out how I can lose three phones all at once and have to run around digging under chair cushions and checking bathrooms and the dirty laundry baskets when the phone rings.

The world is just getting too complex for me. They even mess me up every time I go to the grocery store. You would think they could settle on something themselves but this sudden “Paper or Plastic?” every time I check out just knocks me for a loop. I bought some of those cloth reusable bags to avoid looking confused, but I never remember to take them in with me.

Now I toss it back to them. When they ask me, “Paper or Plastic?” I just say, “Doesn’t matter to me. I am bi-sacksual.” Then it’s their turn to stare at me with a blank look.

I was recently asked if I tweet. I answered, “No, but I do toot a lot.”

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“A smile doesn’t think money” Jean Béliveau

On his 45th birthday on 18 August 2000, at 9.00am, Jean Béliveau left his family behind to undertake a mission—to walk around the world through all 5 continents. At the time, his partner Luc invited the media to witness and chronicle this ambitious undertaking. Nobody showed up. A few days ago I met and interviewed Jean for my weekly radio programme, Voices from the North. At the time of our meeting Jean had worn out 49 pairs of shoes, personally met four Nobel Peace winners (including Nelson Mandela) and logged over 70,000 km on foot during his journey dedicated to the UNESCO Decade, 2001-2010: the INTERNATIONAL DECADE FOR A CULTURE OF PEACE AND NON-VIOLENCE FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD.

A film About the Peace Walker

He had already crossed the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia before landing in New Zealand in October. He was in Mangonui on a rest day before embarking on his last four days of walking to bring him to Cape Reinga and the completion of the international phase of his walk. He will then fly with Air New Zealand to Vancouver to reunite with his family and begin the final 5,000 km phase of his pilgrimage across Canada to his place of origin in Montreal.

When Jean Béliveau arrives in Vancouver in a few days the media will show up. He’s a celebrity of sorts in Canada now and the whole country will be watching as he makes his way on foot across the country. He shares his name with a Canadian hockey legend and his journey will surely take his fellow Canadians back to another legendary journey on foot by the late great Terry Fox.

“I feel like the walk is not my walk anymore. It is the walk of humanity, of these people who came with me in hope of a better world.”     ~Jean Béliveau

In our hour long interview Jean shares the story behind his walk. He readily admits it may have started out as an escape from an unfulfilling life in business. As he says: “I played the game. It left me empty.” His ten years of walking around the planet has filled that emptiness with purpose. He has found his mission. He couldn’t return to a life of materialism after this. He no longer defines the undeveloped world as poor. “Africa time” and the immense smiles of the so-called impoverished of that continent showed him there’s so much more to life than the increasingly internationalized ‘American Dream’ of material prosperity. As Jean said to me; “A smile doesn’t think money.”

I encourage you to visit the brand new website exploring the entire world wide walk of Jean Beliveau. The stunning website—filled with some of the 6,000 photos Jean has taken along the way—was kindly donated by someone Jean met on his pilgrimage.

This walk which began so quietly in Montreal in August 2000 has taken on a life of its own. I hope the happy, fulfilled walker I met will be able to retain his integrity and humility in the months and years ahead. I believe he will. And along the way he will inspire many others to follow their dreams and contribute to a world of true meaning and peace. It has been my great pleasure to meet Jean Beliveau. 

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As I said in a recent post I would soon be uploading the complete interview I did with disaster survival expert Doug Copp.  The complete fascinating interview can be heard below: 

I find it interesting to see the charged responses I’ve received to this post. It seems some people are far more interested in Doug Copp the man rather than in what he has to say. I’ve made a point of re-reading Doug’s points on the Triangle of Life. I’ve also spoken personally with a number of people who survived extremely dangerous circumstances during the recent Christchurch quake. There is no one set of guidelines that will always keep you safe in an earthquake. Some people happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and others get to safety when others nearby don’t. I still think it is wise to read the following guidelines. They do have merit. The mayor of the Far North District here is an engineer and he came back from Christchurch supporting what Doug Copp says about wooden buildings. I’m also inserting a very short extract from my interview with Doug below. See what you think after hearing this. I really do wonder about Duck and Cover. Does it make sense to you?

Here are some suggestions from Doug Copp, the world’s disaster survival expert, on surviving a quake using knowledge of the triangle of life.

1) Q: Why is ‘it” called the triangle of life?

A: If you look closely at collapsed buildings either in pictures or on TV you will rapidly discover that you see ‘triangular spaces’ formed throughout collapsed structures. It is as natural and normal as gravity or the ‘shape of snowflakes’. They are formed everywhere around objects when buildings collapse.

2) Q: Why has it taken Doug Copp 23 years to eliminate Duck and Cover?

A: If Galileo could come back from the dead he would ask why some people still believE that the earth is the center of the universe, the world is flat, people should be ‘bled’ to allow demons to escape from the body and man never landed on the moon.

As Schopenhauer, the German Philosopher, said: ‘The path of all truth is first to be ridiculed, secondly to be violently opposed and thirdly to be accepted as ‘self evident’.

 
 
 

 

Doug Copp

3) Q: What are the 15 safest places to be in an earthquake? (The places most people survive.)

A: 1) Outside in the middle of a field where nothing can fall on top of you.

2) Outside in the middle of the street where falling glass can’t reach you.

3) On a seismic resistant platform such as a boat.

4) On the top floor of a wooden building.

5) On the top floor of a concrete building

6) In the space between 2 large objects (between twin beds, between 2 cars, between 2 rows of desks).

7) Next to an office bank vault or stack of paper.

8  ) Next to a squashed vehicle

9) At the foot of a bed

10) In front of a hotel lobby counter or bar counter.

11) In front of a sofa.

12) Next to Kitchen Cabinets

13) Next to a big bulky object like a piece of machinery, fridge, stove.

14) Next to a large carrying beam

15) In the subterranean exterior perimeter of a building.

4) Q: Where are the 14 deadliest places to be in an earthquake? (The places where most dead victims are recovered from; or simply the most lethal).

A: 1) Under an object that gets squashed (like a desk, car, bed)

2) Inside of an object that gets squashed (like a car)

3) On top of an object that gets squashed (like a bed or sofa)

4) Inside of an elevator

5) On stairs.

6) More than 10 ft away from the outside of a building and on the ground floor

7) In a brick building less than 10 ft from the outside wall.

8  ) In a doorway of a collapsed building.

9) On the ground floor of any building.

10) Under a carrying beam.

11) Under an object with a high center of gravity that fell over in the earthquake (like a fridge).

12) The middle decks of highway over-passes.

13) Places that catch fire after collapsing.

14) Places with toxins, chemicals and gases that collapse.

5) Q: What is frequency of moment?

A: This convoluted term is meant to explain the resultant third force from 2 objects which are swinging out of synch with each other. If the swinging lasts long enough and the force of the earthquake is strong enough then the smaller object will break into pieces at the joints  and collapse( such as, stairs moving out of synch with the rest of the building.)

 
 
 
 

 

Triangle of Life

 

6) Q: What do I do in a multi-storey building?

A: Be calm; lay down, in a fetal position next to a bed or sofa. When the earthquake has stopped and the building has not collapsed DO NOT MOVE! DO NOT GO TO THE STAIRS! Wait until all the panicked people have fled down the stairs. If the stairs haven’t collapsed under all the combined weight of panicked, fleeing people then you know that they will be safe for you to go on. If you can, then wait for an expert to inspect the stairs before putting weight on them.

7) Q: What do I do in a basement?

A: Basements are relatively safe if you are near the outside perimeter of the subterranean area. The center of the basement area is very unsafe. Typically the walls fall outward and downward until the forces reach the subterranean area. At this point the lateral force is stopped by bedrock and is reflected inward. For example: The outside perimeter under the World Trade Center had huge voids where thousands of people would have been safe; whereas, the center core area was so pulverized that it crushed a subway car to an inch thick. You can see this video at www.amerrescue.org

8  ) Q: What do I do on a highway?

A: Pull your car to the side of the road. Do NOT stop under an overpass or something that can fall on your car.

9) Q: What about the glass windows in a multi-storey building?

A: Typically, glass is NOT a problem for the people inside the building. (It is like bursting a blown up paper bag.) The glass blows outward as the air pressure inside of the building increases at the same time as the volume of the space decreases. If you are outside of the building then you should run away from the building into the middle of the street.

10) Q: Where is the deadliest place to be?

A: Most dead people are found squashed under a desk.

 11) Q: How dangerous is it to search a collapsed building?

A: According to OSHA: 60% of ‘rescuers’ are killed going into their first confined space rescue.

12) Q: What are the 10 most important things that I really need in a safety kit? Which are NOT usually found in a emergency kit.

A: 1) Chlorine to purify drinking water (usually there is lots of water; however, it is contaminated from sewer lines and water lines leaking and mixing together.). Or O3 Liquid Oxygen purification and energizing and immune system booster drops.

2) Garbage bags (to use to protect your valuables, to cut out arm holes to make a raincoat, to keep your food safe from the weather and rats.)

3) 50 ft of nylon rope (to use to make a tent and other uses)

4) Plastic tarps (to protect your valuables, and to make a tent)

5) A Swiss Army Knife with lots of tools.

6) LED flashlight.

7) A hand crank generating radio.

8  )Energy bars in sealed bags

9) Baby wipes.

10) Emergen’c’ powered multivitamin and mineral powders.

13) Q: Where is the best place to put an earthquake kit?

A: 1) On the roof of your house in a safe box.

2) In the trunk of your car

3) In a shipping container in the middle of your corporate workplace parking lot.

14) Q: What about books falling on you?

A: In 23 years I have never heard of a single individual getting killed by a falling book.

15) Q: What about ceiling fixtures falling on you?

A: They typically stay attached to the ceiling and don’t fall away.

16) Q: Who will come to save my family in a major disaster?

A: 1) You. You care more for and will do more for your family than anyone else will. In a major disaster the local ‘forces’ are overwhelmed. Do you really expect FEMA to save you?

17) Q: How do people get injured after the earthquake?

A: By falling objects. Solution: spend as much time looking up to see what is above you as you do walking over the rubble and looking at your feet.

18) Q: What do I do after a major earthquake stops?

A: Get ready for the next aftershock. Get in a safe place and stay safe. Never go back inside of a building until 2 weeks after the initial earthquake.

19) Q: What do rescuers do when a major earthquake occurs?

A: 1) Think about their family.

2) Think about their duty to others.

20) Q: What type of structure is immune from earthquake collapse?

A: None.

21) Q: How come nobody told us to stop going under doorways?

A: If somebody who had been telling you to go under doorways actually told you not to do it anymore then they would have to admit that they made a mistake and expose themselves to liability.

 
 
 

 

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22) Q: What happens when schools collapse?

A: The legs snap when the ceiling falls on the desks. The ceiling doesn’t break up because there are so many points of support. The ceiling stays intact and the weight snaps all the legs. You are left with rows of crushed desks and rows of wide open aisles to be safe in and escape to the outside by crawling through.

23) Q: How do I understand what an earthquake is?

A: Think of an earthquake as 2 extremely large misshapen and rough edged objects sliding past each other.  Sometimes they get ‘hooked’ or caught up together until the forces pulling one object and pushing the other object make them break free. This built up force that is released is the initial earthquake. The forces which continue until the ‘rough’ area has been completely cleared are aftershocks. Remember an earthquake is NOT a single seismic event. It is a period of time—usually less than a month) when you can have hundreds if not thousands of aftershocks. Most of these aftershocks are tiny; however, you can have a larger aftershock than the initial earthquake. Stay outside and safe. Go on vacation.

24) Q: How do I understand the ‘force’ of an earthquake?

A: There are many hundreds of elements which determine how much force an earthquake will actually bring to your structure. A smaller magnitude earthquake can cause more damage than a larger magnitude earthquake if the smaller earthquake is closer to you or not as deep. Earthquakes under the ocean have a lot of their energy absorbed by the ocean itself. The type of soil is very important and the underground formations can cause earthquake energy to be amplified or even deflected from your area. I could write a book on this.

26) Q: What about terrorist explosions?

A: The survivors are found in survivable voids (triangles of life) on the opposite side of the objects as the blast center.

27) Q: What about collapsed buildings in landslides?

A: If the building is collapsed and covered by the dirt or rocks of a landslide then you will survive in the same triangle of life or survivable voids; however, you must have air to breath. Plumbing pipes and other conduit can provide oxygen to the victims trapped inside of the landslide; however, it is much more difficult for the rescuers to locate entry points into the buried rubble. You can see video of Doug Copp searching inside of collapsed buildings buried under a landslide at www.amerrescue.org

28) Q: What is the most important thing for a ‘rescuer’ to have after a major earthquake?

A: Have piece of mind that your family is safe because you told everyone about the triangle of life and the things you learned from this video, power point presentation and manual. This is necessary in order to do your duty to others than your family.

29) Q: What is the most important thing a survivor or rescuer needs immediately before and after a major earthquake?

A: Before: Purchase a ‘Quake Alarm’ device which does for earthquakes what smoke detectors do for fires. It will give you enough warning of an earthquake for you to take action to save your life. It sounds the alarm as a result of the non lethal pre-destructive waves; thereby, warning you before the building starts to collapse. For less than $20, it has already saved the lives of an entire school of children. www.amerrescue.org  After: Proper attitude: Be calm, be patient, be focused and pay attention (This is just the beginning of the ordeal.)

30) Q: What is the most important thing that you have learned from your experiences at major disasters throughout the world?

A: All people look the same when they are squashed under a desk.

Doug Coop is the founder of ARTI ( the world’s most experienced rescue and disaster mitigation/management organization) and the discoverer of the ‘triangle of life’ to take building collapse survivability from 2% using ‘duck and cover’ to 90% using the ‘triangle of life’
ARTI is an All Unpaid Volunteer organization willing to stand up to and fight USA insurance companies and bureaucrats who consider it cheaper and less trouble if victims die rather than survive with possible trauma and sue ( less profit for insurance companies and higher premiums for bureaucrats.)

See www.amerrescue.org for hundreds of pages of testimonials, videos, docs. Complete information to survive major disaster, learned from Doug Copp’s searching 896 collapsed buildings and witnessing 1+ million  collapsed buildings, at more than 100 major disaster events; throughout the entire world…amerrescue@aol.com
www.amerrescue.org
Read Doug’s eye-opening blog at:
www.dougcopp.wordpress.com/
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