The 2008 - April & May Contest is going to be a bit different, so more time will be necessary. The Event:
Some nice donations have been made for this one, so I would really like to see some seriously deep thought and action put into this one.
You have nearly two months to get 'er done.
You have the opportunity to survive an urban disaster.
Let’s see how well you will handle some of the complications that can develop.
You have just heard sirens from the main street near where you live. Nothing new for you, just the normal sirens for a local accident or fire. Two minutes pass and more sirens, only this time they are announcing over a public address system that everyone must evacuate from their homes and leave now. “There is a threat to human life and all residents MUST LEAVE NOW.” “Evacuate your homes now.”
For an instant your mind begins to think, ‘this is real, but what do I need to take with …’ but there’s no time left for the next thought before you hear explosions rocking from a nearby natural gas plant. As the explosions continue, they are growing louder and closer. You instantly realize that the underground pipelines are erupting as well. There is no time to think, just get away from the area as fast as possible. These lines run all through your neighborhood.
You are alone at this particular moment and you have to leave. Here is where the complications begin. You know the neighborhood is erupting in explosions and as you run outside through your door you see homes being caught up in fire. You are in a bombing zone just waiting to go next. Out the door, you begin to flee away from the devastation. Unfortunately, you do not get very far when an extension of piping under the ground blows up and blasts you across a debris field and into the neighbor’s yard.
As you regain some awareness and start to move, the pain in your body begins to speak out and screams for you to lie still for a second because you are hurt. You have sustained some injuries and as you call for help you finally realize you are alone right now. Either everyone else had already left or they are in worse condition than you.
Okay, get a grip and start thinking for yourself. This is no time to panic. Determining your injuries, you know you have some cuts on the face and there is blood in your eyes. You slowly begin to feel a sharp pain in your left arm. As you feel just above the elbow you realize the left arm is broken. Your legs are doing okay because the pieces of debris are just sticking slightly into the skin and not going deeply into your flesh. As you try to wipe the blood from your eyes you can see somewhat, but your eyes are really burning. You close them for while longer to make sure you don’t loose what sight you have and may need later on. You need to bandage them so you won’t use them yet. You need to care for your left arm. You need to remove any small sharp splinters in your flesh and clothing before taking the next required step. You are not in an immediate threat from the fires, and the explosions have stopped and are just shooting flames from the pipeline openings now. Only a couple of houses have remained untouched by the flames. It will take about 24 hours for everyone to get the help they need as rescue workers are putting out fires and searching for bodies all over.In the meantime your own survival begins here.
You must care for your injuries, you must make a shelter for the weather is cold and hypothermia will most certainly be an issue. You went out of your home with absolutely nothing. Describe in great detail each of the next steps you have to take and as a requirement for the contest you need to build shelter outside of your home with a blindfold on since you are trying to save your sight. It is highly recommended and suggested that a family member only be there for your safety and commitment. They will also be the one to photograph your progress. Since 24 hours is your time frame, I suggest a weekend family project, but only you can actually do the work in making shelter and caring for your own needs.
Now start planning as this contest ends May 31, 2008.
You can do this anytime between now and then.
Make sure captions accompany the photos as explanation of your progress.
Tell us your story anytime, but make sure it is in completion before posting your info.
That way it all stays together. Post it here in this topic when ready.