Ed-vise: Riker’s Crash

A morning Jits GOOD MORNING!!! to you all! Yup, got in an early morning workout and it was AWESOME!!! Great start to the day.

What Would You Do Wednesday Ed-vise today. Cause it’s WEDNESDAY! And I do love WEDNESDAYS!

Riker’s Island is an island in the East River of New York. It also houses the New York Prison that goes by the same name. That prison is NOT a nice place. Not that prison is any type of Disneyland. Rikers is particularly bad. It has been there since 1932.

In 1957 a plan crashed on the Island. Passenger type plane. Crashed into the woods and caught fire with 80+ people trapped inside.

All of the prisoners knew it crashed. Couldn’t help but notice because it was so loud and so bright with fire.

At that time, there was only ferry access to the island. So emergency vehicles could not access the island quickly.

So, THAT is our scenario for today. What Would You Do?

Place yourself as the warden. Do you open the prison up and allow everyone in the prison to go help? What if they don’t? What if the prisoners try to escape?

What about if you were a guard? What would you recommend to the warden? What if the prisoner’s start to become hostile because you order them to help?

What if you were a prisoner? Would you help or sit by? What if you were wrongly convicted?

How about a passenger. How are you trying to escape. Panic might be building as the flames get hotter and the doors aren’t opening. Are you calm? Collected? You might notice that the panic is causing people to try and open the door the wrong way.

That’s how table tops work. Pick an incident. Place yourself in the scenario and come up with a plan. Rotate characters. From Person A to Person B and so on and so forth.

It’s easy to do and will greatly improve your chances of doing something and making the right decision. Remember the body doesn’t go where the mind hasn’t gone so take your mind and put it into such a scenario. What Would You Do?

For this incident, the warden opened the prison as an “all hands” emergency. He did so against the advice of his guard captain. The prisoners all went out and immediately got to rescuing people and providing first aid to the burn victims. One prisoner picked up a 6 month old baby that had managed to be thrown out of the plan into the snow. He kept the baby warm and was able to reunite it with the parents who also lived, two days later.

Many heroic moments were found in this incident from men who really had no reason to save those in need. They simply acted human and helped. None escaped or even attempted it. They prevented an even great tragedy from developing.

I’m just saying

That’s it for today. Take care of yourselves. Check in on each other and remember if you hate spiders, some of them live in a nicer house than yours! Daaaannnngggg…that’s cold!


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