You have to enter this with a certain type of disdain. That's one of the keys for surviving this episode, an episode that will play and replay for as long as you are who you are. It's a shame that the situation beats you back into considering survival first. That really crushes a lot of the fun. Fun was the reason you got into this in the first place, right?
So presume the worst initially, for it will help you arrive intact. Anything that allows you to presume anything other than the worst turns down the flame but won't ever make it cool to the touch.