Some people believe that preppers are alarmists who are concerned about things that may happen with the remotest possibility. Here’s the problem, there are so many things with the remotest possibility that they stack, accumulate, and aggregate to one possible calamity after another.
In the instance of a falling meteor yesterday in the Russian Urals, what they didn’t know was coming to hurt at least 400 people in this remote area, and damaged lots of property too.
As it arrived overhead in broad daylight, it appeared like a crashing airplane or incoming missile. For some, there was time to duck and cover, but as seen in some pictures, people just stopped and looked up. Doing that instead of walking inside a building may have cost them injury from small rocks and smaller particles plummeting around them like speeding bullets.
Without warning, people often react to a disaster by stopping to determine what it is. Instead, it may be best to instinctively, head for cover and then learn about the details.
In the words of America’s first Homeland Security Secretary, Tom Ridge, “Duck then duct tape.”
“Meteorite Falls in Russian Urals
A meteorite flew across the sky over Russia's Ural Mountains, showering fragments of rock over the area and causing explosions. More than 400 people were injured as the debris fell to the ground, many of them hurt by broken glass. Photo: Associated Press
MOSCOW—A meteor flew across the sky above Russia's Ural Mountains Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and injuring more than 400 people, many of them hurt by broken glass.
"There was panic. People had no idea what was happening. Everyone was going around to people's houses to check if they were OK," said Sergey Hametov, a resident of Chelyabinsk, the biggest city in the affected region. Chelyabinsk is about 1500 kilometers (930 miles) east of Moscow.
"We saw a big burst of light, then went outside to see what it was and we heard a really loud thundering sound," he said in a telephone interview.
A contrail above an apartment block in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk; Russian officials said a meteorite or a shower of meteorites fell in the area, collapsing one roof and causing more than 100 injuries.
Fragments of the meteor fell in a thinly populated area of the Chelyabinsk region, the Emergency Ministry said in a statement.”