Both a pound of quarters and a pound of dimes are worth $20. *g*
Two ways to counter 'panic'.
One is controlled breathing. There are different names for it, but current
popular name is "tactical breathing".1 If you google the phrase
you can find videos on how to do it.
Second is to develop a simple conditioned response to the relevant stimulus
- yelling, screaming, gunfire, etc. Here's the reason: When the unexpected -
especially the scary unexpected - happens, most of us freeze. This begins as
an unconditioned response (WTF?!), but quickly moves to a chemical dump that
readies the body to flee or flight. Unfortunately this will also begin to
degrade our ability to do deep thinking or engage in fine motor movements.
The advantage in developing the conditioned response is it decreases the
freeze time, because you're first action has started.
The first action can be as simple as crouching behind cover and extending
An example of denial: There was a woman who survived the attack on the Twin
Towers on 9-11 (She had also been there for the earlier attack in 1993). She
was in the first tower and was heading down the steps, cursing herself for
not quitting her job after the 1993 attack, when the second tower was hit.
Her first thought on learning of the hit on the second tower - Why were
these pilots racing each other?!?
On armed guards: One night in July 1999, a man killed his wife and two kids.
The next day he went to his job as a day trader. Walked pass security as he
always did and once he got into his office he opened his brief case, took
out his guns and started shooting. At some point he decided to leave the
building and crossed the street to a neighboring business complex where he
shot people in two different offices. He then fled the area.
A few hours later, law enforcement cornered him as a gas station/convenient
store (?) around 30 miles north of Atlanta. He committed suicide inside his
I don't remember if he strangled his wife or beat her with a blunt
instrument. As I remember, he used a blunt instrument on his kids while they
were asleep (as I remember he left a note saying he didn't want them to have
to ~~~live in this world). He used handguns on his victims at the office
This happened in Atlanta. I spoke to a security guard - not one who worked
at either complex - who replied to what he would have done when the shooter
entered the building, "Good morning, sir" (because the shooter worked there
and the guns were in his briefcase).
Police in School: I read the following story, told by a cop. He and his
partner had to visit a high school on some minor matter (paperwork). As they
were walking down a hallway to leave, a kid came running towards them
screaming and behind him came another kid with a gun screaming ~~ Die MF!!!
Both cops drew their guns and yelled for the kid to drop his gun. He froze,
then fell to the ground in a fetal position ...
The rest of the story: The two kids were part of a school sponsored event on
school violence. They were doing a role-playing exercise. When the cops had
stopped by the main office after arriving, no one at the desk had told them
about the program. The cop said he believed one reason the kid did not get
shot, between freezing and dropping, was that both cops were still carrying
revolvers with the heavier trigger pull.
An excellent book on surviving disasters is Amanda Ripley's, The
Unthinkable: who survives when disasters strike - and why
1 Today, Buffy would wear a tactical crucifix and it would
probably be colored black. *g*