Ever wonder why your teachers told you not to cram for a test? Do you remember anything from that British Literature class you took way back in high school? I didn’t think so. It’s the same with emergency preparedness. Truly being ready for an emergency takes hard work, including studying, using all your senses. We hope this emergency preparedness “Pop Quiz” helps you improve your survival knowledge; as you think about the answers don’t just answer the questions, talk about them with your friends and family. The more connections you make the more you will be able to retain the information you have learned. If you are just beginning your emergency preparedness this is a good place to start, for those who are “expert” survival gurus, this may help you focus in on areas where you can make improvements. Let’s get started!
1) What is the first and most important item to store in case of an emergency?
b. Cell Phone
2) What are the four (4) factors that cause immediate deterioration of food storage?
a. Oxygen, Light, Elevation, and Moisture
b. Oxygen, Light, Heat, and Moisture
c. Light, Elevation, Time, and Pressure
d. Light, Heat, pressure, and Time
3) The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) recommends individuals to have at least enough emergency food and water to last for
a. 12 hours
b. 24 hours
c. 48 hours
d. 72 hours
4) Emergency experts recommend ______ of water for personal hygiene and consumption purposes during an emergency?
a. 1 gallon
b. 2 liters
c. 2 gallons
5) A Meal Ready to Eat (MRE) stored at 70 degrees will last for approximately
a. 22 months
b. 76 months
c. 100 months
The Rule of Three’s, as taught by the US Armed forces, suggests you can survive three seconds of blood loss, three minutes without air, three days without water and three weeks without food. There is no question, emergency food and water is essential to surviving a disaster. Evaluate your current supply and consider what things you may be lacking. You can never have too much emergency food and water storage. Hopefully you have recognized ways you can improve with the questions in Quiz One. Now let’s try another:
1) When preparing for a long trip it is crucial to
a. bring a toothbrush and toothpaste
b. take money for souvenirs
c. tell someone where you are going and for how long
2) The sound of a whistle can be heard from approximately ½ to two miles.
True or False?
3) The following is are very helpful emergency preparedness information sites EXCEPT
a. American Red Cross
b. Safety First Association
c. National CERT
4) An emergency blanket retains up to 50% of your body heat.
True or False
5) Each of the following is an example of what to do in a specific emergency EXCEPT:
a. You find an unconscious person lying on the ground, but breathing; you contact 911 and keep the person warm.
b. You pull a child out of a river, shivering and blue: You contact 911 and give them a warm drink (if available), dry clothes and have them lay down.
c. A friend sprains their ankle badly; You tell them to sit down and put heat on the injured area.
Now that you have taken our short quizzes, we hope you discovered some ways you can be better prepared. As you think about your emergency preparedness kits, emergency water and food, and basic survival tools consider the situations you may face. Understanding the importance of being prepared and acting on this knowledge could be the difference between life or death.
Answers: Quiz 1 – 1) d; 2) b; 3) d; 4) a; 5) c – Quiz 2 – 1) c; 2) True; 3) b; 4) False; 5) c