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The main lesson from this 2015 movie is that in this kind of an emergency ( a 9.6. earthquake), people are going to react according to their fundamental natures. Some of those natures are not good or useful. The trick is to link up with the people who have a clue in the emergency.

Another lesson is you may have the opportunity to appropriate (steal) useful items without consequences. Only steal things that are practical. (There was a sequence where Dwayne Johnson, a helicopter pilot, had to autorotate and set his chopper down in a mall parking lot. The cabin ended up in a clothing store. The Rock made off with a hoodie from the store. There were urban dwellers, as in every disaster, doing stupid things like stealing large screen TVs. The Rock stole a pickup one of these freelance socialists had hot-wired after the two-legged rat made the mistake of drawing down on him with a M1911.)

Situational awareness is key. Be aware of what is happening around you. Have a plan, but be prepared to alter it if you need to due to changing circumstances. Your watchwords are Gunnery Sergeant Tom Highway's famous, "Improvise. Adapt. Overcome!"

It's worth watching at least once. Take from it what you can, discard the rest, and add the worthwhile bits to your mental survival file.
 

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I couldn't imagine going through an earthquake like that. I was in Alaska for a month after they had the last big one and totally freaked out with the aftershocks, and no one else batted an eyelash. At home we are prepared quite well for natural disasters, but I dread to think what would happen if we lost all of our things to a hurricane or flood. Looting is bad, but I can certainly understand taking a needed essential item to survive.
 
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