If you haven’t seen this video of the tornado hitting Joplin, you should. It’s mostly audio:
You know what strikes me? The relatively calm way people reacted. I’ve seen a lot of commentary about how “panicky” everyone sounds but, considering the circumstances, my take is the exact opposite. I hear people praying, people checking on each other, people figuring out what to do. Most impressively, in the moment of maximum crisis — when the windows exploded — everyone reacted the way they should have: moving into the walk-in fridge where it was safer. I’m dying
This is the way things go, more often that not. In crisis situations, people tend to either freeze or do the right thing. The Hollywood cliche of people running around and screaming is bullshit.