In this post, Recode’s chief technology correspondent, Sam Altman, talks about how to survive the deadly quake and aftermath.1.
If you are a first responder, how do you get back home?
Sam Altman: I think the biggest question is, is this the best place for me to be?
I’m here now because my friends and I went down there, and they were all pretty devastated.
It was a really tough decision.
The second you get to the hospital, you’re sort of looking at a giant empty field.
It’s kind of like going to the zoo.
I just don’t think I’m ready to go home yet.
But I do know that if I’m going to do that, I have to be in a position to have a safe place to be when I get home.
That’s the key.2.
If I have a family member who is in the hospital with you, what do you do?
Sam: If I had a family person who was in the ER, I’d probably say, ‘Hey, it’s really bad.
I’m so sorry.’
I’m trying to help them, but I also want them to be able to have some semblance of privacy.
I would be more comfortable having them stay home.
If they’re not going to be at home, I would probably just ask them to stay home and see how things go.3.
If someone is in a serious accident, how should you react?
AltM: You need to think about what you’re doing and how you’re responding.
The first thing is to get them to the appropriate hospital, and then you need to make sure that they’re comfortable being out there.
I know that some people are very, very excited to go to a hospital.
I’d tell them to get on the plane, and take their temperature.
If there’s any reason that you can’t go, you should be prepared for it.4.
Is there a specific scenario that you would consider for a first responders, if you were going to get into that situation?
Sam, Altman and other reporters.
Sam Altmen: Well, the one thing that I would really stress is that you’re not in any kind of position to give any orders.
That is a huge factor.
I think what we’ve seen in the past, with some very dangerous, very fast moving events, that has been the thing that people have said is the most important thing, is to know what’s going on in the situation.
And if you’re in a situation where you’re unsure about your own safety, it makes sense to take your time.5.
How would you describe your job as a first response reporter?
SamAltman: It’s definitely something that I have done for my whole life.
I mean, that was my dad’s job.
He was a reporter, but he had no background in reporting at all.
He went into the military and then went into a newspaper and did his first story, and was a real-time reporter.
I started out doing some research.
And I’ve always been very good at what I do.6.
What advice would you give to a reporter who is thinking about becoming a reporter?
How to handle a potential crisisSam Altm: If you’re going to work as a reporter and you’re thinking about getting into that, it really depends on what you know about what’s happened in the news.
If your background is journalism, you might be better off going into the news media, and if you don’t know journalism, then you should probably go to something else.7.
How do you think the first responders are coping?
Sam altman: You know, I think a lot of people are just trying to survive.
I was just in the midst of a car crash and my wife was at work and she was texting me.
I thought, Wow, I’m a reporter.
She was like, ‘We’ll call you.’
And then I got home and I texted her and she texted me and I’m like, You guys should call me.
And then she texted again, and she called me, and I called her and I was like I’m not going.
I said, Well, I don’t need to call you right now.
I need to text you.
And she texted, and all the way back to me, ‘Oh, he just texted you.
That means he’s OK.
That says that he’s okay.
That tells me he’s safe.’
And I said well, I can’t talk to her right now because I’m really busy.
And they’re like, OK, then why don’t you just call me?8.
What do you like about your job?
Samaltman: Well I’ve never had a moment where I didn’t think, What the heck is happening here?
And I just think that you