PREP: Disaster Preparedness For the Rest of Us: Disaster prep self-test


  • by Dave Robinson
  • February 06, 2014 7:00 am

Would you know what to do in case of an emergency? Most of us have never suffered the likes of Hurricane Katrina, the Thailand tsunami or the earthquake in Japan. Many of us though have been inconvenienced by the loss of electricity or a snow storm that kept us from leaving our home. What about an earthquake, fire or flood? Are you prepared? Just for fun, let’s take this little test to see how we rate.

1. Has your family rehearsed fire escape routes from your home? Yes-No

2. Does your family know what to do before, during and after an earthquake? Yes-No

3. Do you have heavy objects hanging over beds than can fall during an earthquake? Yes-No

4. Do you have access to an operational flashlight in every bedroom? Yes-No

5. Do you keep shoes near your bed to protect your feet from walking on broken glass? Yes-No

6. If a water line was ruptured during an earthquake, do you know how to shut off the main water line to your house? Yes-No

7. Can this water line be turned off by hand or is a tool required? Yes-No

8. If you have natural gas or propane, do you know where the main shut-off is located? Yes-No

9. If you smell gas, do you know how and would you be able to shut off this valve? Yes-No

10. Do you have working smoke alarms in the proper places to warn you in case of fire? Yes-No

11. In case of a minor fire, do you have a fire extinguisher that you know how to use? Yes-No

12. Do you have duplicate keys, copies of important papers or documents stored in a location outside your home? Yes-No

13. Do you own a radio capable of receiving emergency information? Yes-No

14. If your family had to evacuate your home, have you identified a meeting place? Yes-No

If an emergency lasted for 72 hours before help was available:

15. Would you have sufficient food? Yes-No

16. Would you have the means to cook without gas or electricity? Yes-No

17. Would you have sufficient water for cooking, drinking and sanitary needs? Yes-No

18. Do you have access to a 72 hour evacuation kit? Yes-No

19. Would you be able to carry or transport your kit? Yes-No


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Updated: February 7, 2014 — 3:24 pm

The Author

Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 24th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural southern Wyoming, just below the continental divide (long story, that...). Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, many social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.

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