Crisis Thinking: Critical Perceptions

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Franke Schein-Alaska Survivalist-Japan's Tsunami



The world has just ended for the people in your neighborhood. Everything around you has collapsed,,,, and modern utilities are a thing of the past.

Early that morning a massive under-sea earthquake comes to life without any warning. The shock waves create a tsunami wave approaching heights of 2000 feet–travelling at an astounding speed of 600 MPH. It’s bigger than the Empire State Building.

The Warning Alerts were transmitted at 10:45am while you are at work. The first thing that you thought of, was to call your wife on the cell-phone. The line is busy–you cannot get through.

You don’t hesitate, and quickly jump into your car heading for home, and planning on stopping at the school to pick up your two children. It only takes you three minutes to realize that everybody else in the city is doing exactly the same thing, and the roads are already gridlocked–traffic is at a standstill.

Panicked you try the cell-phone again for the thousand time, but it’s still busy. You cannot reach your wife. It’s then that you notice the fuel gauge is hovering near a quarter of a tank. You were running late for work this morning, and intending to top-off the gas tank after work.

The skies are filled with many helicopters as the elites and rich flee the city into the high mountains. You wished that you could commandeer one of those birds, and bring your family to safety. But you are stuck in standstill traffic.

Ten minutes later you abandon the car and start running towards the head of the line–hoping to convince somebody to help you get home. In your mind you are formulating a sneaky plan to steal a car from whoever is still mobile. There’s nothing in the world that will stop you from getting to your kids and home–even if you have to hurt somebody in the process.


It’s been 48-hours since the massive tsunami wave swept through the area. Every building that you knew, has now been knocked down and carried away by the wave. Blotted dead bodies float with the rippling currents. You watch in amazement as your own car floats by, bobbing against a mini-van full of small children–all of whom are drowned. The sight brings instant fear to your mind, as you try to imagine what has become of your own kids. Quickly you push that thought way back into the furthest recesses of your mind. It’s not something that you can deal with right now; you have only one single purpose; to get home and take care of your family, and get them all into a safe area.

But first–you have to, somehow, get off this concrete parking garage that has saved you from the tsunami wave. Looking down eight stores into the swirling black waters, you understand the force that nature sent against you, and realize that like the other thirty people sharing the roof with you, there’s not one single thing that you can do for yourself, much less your own family. You are stuck here until the waters recede, or the government can rescue you from the only standing structure in the area. For a moment you consider jumping into the water and swimming from building to building until you reach dry ground…


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One thought on “Crisis Thinking: Critical Perceptions

  1. Great article. Unfortunately, very few people think like this. Most of us walk around in “condition white” expecting the government and the kindness of strangers to get us through the day.

    Franke, you might enjoy my blog. It’s a fictional journal that chronicles a Midwestern family’s struggle to survive after a global economic collapse in 2014. I try to intersperse real-world survival tips and ideas along with entertaining and engaging fiction.

    Here’s the link:


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