Disaster Movies: Lessons Learned

Friday, March 16th, 2012

The CDC shares some lessons learned from disaster movies:

  1. Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car!
  2. When there is severe winter weather, the best thing to do is remain safely indoors.
  3. The chef should have been more careful about washing his hands so that he could have avoided spreading the animal virus to humans. The simple act of frequent handwashing has the ability to save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention.
  4. If a tsunami is approaching, beaches are not the best place to congregate.
  5. While real earthquakes are not caused by giant man-eating worms, if you find yourself in the middle of an earthquake, you should not climb on top of unstable objects or stand in a doorway or attempt to run to other rooms.
  6. Instead of driving into an abandoned mineshaft, follow designated evacuation routes.
  7. In case of an alien invasion, do not attempt to save humankind all by yourself.


  1. Adam says:

    I’ve got one more: you cannot outrun a shock wave and jump out of a window or hide around a corner.

  2. Isegoria says:

    I’m afraid that action movies teach you that you can outrun a shock wave — or that most explosions are giant fireballs with minimal shock waves.

  3. Matthew Walker says:

    9. In case of nuclear weapon, hide inside refrigerator and hold the door closed.

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