Let discuss human behavior during emergencies? An emergency can occur at any time and without warning. We watch TV news every day and see people dealing with tsunamis, floods, mudslides, earthquakes, and house fires. We feel pretty safe because we’re not in those locations. However, an unforeseen event can occur anywhere, no matter how secure you feel. And when an emergency occurs, how you behave and react to that situation will determine your safety. In this article, we will be looking at common human behaviors during emergencies and how to avoid them.

Human response to emergencies


When faced with an unexpected event, one of the most common behaviors is panicking. The worst thing about panic is that it can affect anyone, no matter how strong you are. When you panic, you risk making hasty and poor decisions or even no decision at all. Should you find yourself in an emergency, relax, breathe, and calm down.  Stop whatever you’re doing and evaluate the situation calmly. However, as you relax, ensure that you’re safe from whatever has occurred.


Assuming You’re Not at Risk

 This is another common human behavior, and it’s very dangerous. For instance, if there is a wildfire or flood, many people assume that they won’t be affected. Some of them even wait to see what will happen before they make a decision. To ensure your safety always and that of your loved ones, assume that you’ll be affected and take the necessary steps.

If it’s a fire, get out of the house. If a hurricane is coming your way, evacuate. A few minutes can make a huge difference during these emergencies, and safety should be your first priority.

Not Calling Emergency Services

 Some people deliberately ignore getting emergency assistance. They think that they have the knowledge to handle the situation as needed. However, even if you’re trained in dealing with various emergencies, never ignore to call emergency services.

These services have a team of well-trained individuals, and they have the equipment and tools needed to remedy the situation. Even if you are already giving first aid or administering CPR, or putting out a fire using a fire extinguisher, always get someone to dial 000 as soon as possible.





Ignoring Evacuation Directives

The authorities evaluate some emergency situations such as hurricanes and floods before they happen. After a thorough assessment, the authorities then give a directive on how people should handle the situation, which in most cases is an evacuation. However, some people ignore these directives. Listening to, acknowledging, and following these instructions is crucial because they may end up saving your life.

When told to evacuate, do it and carry an emergency kit with all the necessary supplies such as food and water. Sometimes the authorities may ask you to find a shelter-in-place in your home, such as a basement. Go to these shelter places and don’t go out until you’re instructed by the authorities.

 Using Elevators

 When an emergency occurs in a mall or office building, most people run to elevators thinking that they’re the fastest way to get out. It’s true they’re fast when compared to taking the stairs, but not in all situations. During a hurricane or significant storm, the elevator may get stuck or overloaded. The recommended way to get yourself to safety is taking the nearest stairs and making your way down the building.

Forgetting Neighbors

Most people run to save their lives when an emergency occurs and forget to alert other people. While it’s true that you should love yourself first, don’t forget your neighbors. If your neighbors have special needs or are elderly, check on them if there has been a significant storm in your area. This way, you can ensure they are safe. If a major storm is coming your way, think of how you can ensure their safety until the storm passes.

Lacking Enough Preparation 

The reason why emergencies have devastating consequences is that most people don’t prepare for them. They catch us completely unawares. What you need to know is that it’s never too early to prepare for these situations. Create an emergency kit, talk with your family members how you will handle a situation when it happens, and consider going for additional emergency training.

Don’t wait until something happens so that you can start preparing; have everything ready well in advance. This way, you can handle the emergency better.

In conclusion, these are some of the most common human behaviors during emergencies. Now that you learned about them, it’s crucial you avoid them to remain safe.

By Ken Walker

Hi, I'm Ken. I am the owner and senior director of Syncretic training Group Pty Ltd. If you have any questions about the website content or require guidance please let us know we are always happy to help.

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