macgyver for life ( saver )

Forget the wit of Indiana Jones, the brawn of Jason Bourne or the endurance of Jack Bauer. In the event of disaster, we would prefer to have by the side of MacGyver, the ingenious secret agent from the 1980s TV show.

That was one result in a survey, in which participants were given a choice among seven fictional heroes for help in an emergency. The poll, commissioned by the McCormick Tribune Foundation, has a serious purpose: Urging people to become better prepared for disasters. Still, the fact that a television character who triumphed by using everyday objects and scientific principles was the favourite, surprised and delighted us.

MacGyver. You could give him a sock and a piece of string and he could somehow create electricity for the whole city. In the survey, 27 per cent of respondents chose the character.

He was followed by Indiana Jones (16 per cent), John McClane from the Die Hard films (14 per cent), James Bond and Jason Bourne (8 per cent each) and Lara Croft of Tomb Raider and Jack Bauer of 24 (7 per cent each).

In other questions, 7 in 10 respondents said it was very or somewhat likely that their community would suffer some kind of disaster during the next 10 years. About a quarter of respondents thought the most likely disaster to hit their community would be a tornado, about 6 per cent said a terrorist attack. 6 in 10 respondents said they had set aside an emergency kit featuring a torch, a portable radio and water, among other items. Less than a third said they had a plan on where to meet family members if a disaster prevented them from going home or contacting each other.

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