Sunday, December 23, 2007

NGO Security Scenario #11

You are taking a well deserved Christmas holiday in Le Fornet, France. After a hard day of skiing, you're ready to relax. Your friend is a few minutes behind when you finish your last run. As you take off your skis, you hear a loud rumbling sound and look over your shoulder. Click the play button below to see what happens next.

What actions would you immediately take? Does the fact the people around you are joking make the situation safe? What will you do after the initial threat has passed? Share your thoughts by clicking on COMMENTS below.


Blogger Kevin Toomer said...

Hey, this is an easy question for for a Canadian!

You need to run, ski, or snowmobile, as quickly as possible, perpendicular and away from the avalanche. If you get caught try and stay on your feet as long as possible. If you can grab onto something solid do so. You probably won't be able to hold on for long but it will help keep you higher up in the snow. As the avalanche engulfs you start swimming and try to stay on top.

If you become buried you need to act fast to create an air pocket. Snow settles fast so push it away from your face while you can still move.

If you can still move try to dig yourself out. It might be hard to tell which way is up. Dig towards the spot that appear lightest/brightest. If you can't tell try spitting and see which way it falls. Dig in the opposite direction.

As with most incidents of this type avoidance and planning and preparation are preferable.

And no... a bunch of drunken jokers doesn't mean you are safe!

Merry Christmas!

Kevin Toomer

3:11 AM  
Anonymous Pemba said...

We dont get snow where i come from but my action will be to hold on to something solid, a tree,a rock or move into one of the buildings. I would also check the position of my friend and anyone nearby. These details may become important during the search and rescue operation.

After the threat has passed i will pass over whatever useful information that i may have and offer my help during the S.A.R operation.

9:05 AM  

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