5 Lessons on Disaster Preparedness from Pop Culture

Pop culture offers us an insight into what our world could be like if we chose to do something. However, with all the zombies, vampires, gore, and disaster that we see in pop culture, what lessons can we glean about keeping ourselves ready for disasters?

One of the best lessons from pop culture comes from the 2004 movie The Day After Tomorrow. This movie centers around a new ice age that travels across the globe, and a father who must travel from DC to New York in sub-freezing temperatures to save his son and his friends. The lesson to take from this movie is that sometimes, living in a big city has big consequences. The son and his friends get stuck in New York City because they were not listening to the warnings. Also, it’d be a good idea to actually plan for encountering bad weather, even if you don’t believe you’ll encounter bad weather.

From Suzanne Collins’ trilogy, The Hunger Games, we learn that sometimes, we are the only person that can help ourselves. We must be self-sufficient enough to recognize what you need to do and when you have to do it. If Katniss hadn’t decided to illegally hunt in the woods for years after her father died, we wouldn’t have the books, would we?

Also from The Hunger Games, we learn that exposure can kill as easily as the knife a rivaling tribute wields. Remember that in the training center, tributes are urged to learn how to fish, build a fire, stay warm, cool off, etc. as well as learn to kill via unnatural means. If you’re not learning new things, you’re headed down the path that will take you to your death. You may not know how to start a fire yet, but there’s never a bad time to learn. You should also think about learning to identify edible berries and plants, like Katniss can.

Popular book World War Z, and the movie based on it, teaches us that you must be in shape. Being basically in shape – IE able to do a good amount of walking – could mean the difference between your death and living another day. When disasters strike, lots of things go wrong, and being able to go miles away to get to safety on foot is going to be a big advantage.

From the new movie San Andreas, we learn that there is credit to the earthquake drills we do in school. It should be worth noting that there are thousands of different places someone could be when an earthquake strikes, and the movie covers quite a few different places. People were found in buildings, outside, in cars, etc. The best way to prepare for an earthquake is to know what to do when it strikes. Stay away from things that are not bolted down. This is the best piece of advice, other than making sure that you know how to avoid the violence that could crop up.