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Save yourself first in emergencies, study suggests

Friday, June 23, 2017

A study by a Waterloo Engineering researcher suggests that saving yourself first before trying to save others is the best strategy for overall survival rates in life-and-death disasters involving groups of people.

“Foolhardiness is not a good strategy for rescuing,” said Eishiro Higo, a civil engineering PhD candidate who led research involving a computer model of a flooded subway station in Japan. “In very critical situations, we have to be kind of selfish, but we can still help others if we have proper equipment and proper strategies.”

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Eishiro Higo

Eishiro Higo, a civil engineering PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo, was motivated in large part to research emergency strategies by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in his native Japan.

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