Fact or Myth? Understanding Disaster
Find out if you believe any of the common disaster myths. The facts could save your life!
1) In a disaster, all I have to do is
Have a flashlight, first aid kit, food/water, and radio.
Carry out my preparedness plans.
Wait a few weeks until things are back to normal.
2) The best thing to send to a reputable disaster relief organization is:
Water and food.
Medical personnel and supplies.
3) When indoors in the U.S., the immediate response to an earthquake is:
Stand in a doorway.
Drop, cover, and hold on.
Get in the "Triangle of Life."
Quickly move outside to an open area away from buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.
4) When in bed, the immediate response to an earthquake is:
Get up and save your valuables.
Run to a safer area.
Put your pillow over your head and stay there until the shaking stops.
Get in the "Triangle of Life" by laying on the floor next to your bed.
5) If trapped under debris:
Tap on a pipe or wall, so rescuers can locate you.
Shout until someone hears you.
Light a match, so you can see where you are and assess your situation.
Wait quietly for rescuers to come, so nothing else falls.
6) Most injuries during an earthquake occur when:
Buildings aren't up to code.
People are trapped by unsecured furniture.
Water heaters fall over and cause fires.
People entering or exiting buildings are hit by falling objects.
Only happen where they have before.
Are increasing in frequency.
With magnitude 7.0 or greater have been fairly constant through the last century with a decrease in recent years.
Small ones prevent large ones from happening.
8) The immediate response to the tide rushing out is :
Stand next to the window and watch it.
Move to higher ground immediately and stay there.
Go to the highest floor of the nearest tall building.
Go out to the beach and watch the fish flop.
9) The immediate response to a house fire is:
Yell for your neighbor's help.
Get out, stay out, call for help.
Grab your valuables and exit quickly.
Use your fire extinguisher to put out any size fire.
10) When driving, the immediate response when approaching flood waters is:
Turn around, don't drown.
Pull over until the water subsides.
Keep driving if you are in a large vehicle-- it can't be swept away.
Allow flood waters to carry your vechicle to safety.
11) When indoors, the immediate response to a tornado is:
Stand next to the window and watch it.
Open a window to equalize the air pressure.
Go to a basement or small interior room / hallway on the bottom floor.
Go outside to the lowest spot you can find, lie down, and cover your head.
12) When driving and a tornado occurs, the safest thing to do is:
Try to outdrive it.
Park under the nearest overpass or bridge.
Pull over, tighten your seat belt, and wait.
Pull over, get out, lie in a ditch, and cover your head.
13) When indoors, the immediate response to a thunderstorm is:
Continue doing what you're doing.
Go to the window and watch the storm.
Turn off the power at your circuit box.
Don't use plumbing and unplug sensitive electronics.
14) When outside, the immediate response to a thunderstorm is:
Follow the 30/30 lightning rule.
When thunder roars, go indoors.
Continue doing what you were doing.
Seek shelter under a tree to stay dry.
15) When hiking, the immediate response to a thunderstorm is:
No place is safe outside during a thunderstorm.
Find an open area and squat down.
Lay flat on the ground.
16) The best advice about water storage is:
Use the water in your water heater.
Store at least 1 gallon per person per day.
Store 55- gallon drums in your garage.
Store containers directly on cement.
17) Water for drinking and cooking can be safely stored:
For 3 months.
For 6 months.
For 1 year.
Indefinitely if kept cool, dry, and dark.
18) Water can safely be stored in:
Plastic soft drink bottles.
Plastic juice bottles.
19) How much bleach should be added when filling water containers with treated tap water?
1 teaspoon per gallon.
1 tablespoon per gallon.
Depends on how fresh the bleach is.
20) The best way to resolve conflicting information is to select the recommendation:
From FEMA, the ultimate authority in the U.S.
From any nongovernment source. (You can't trust the government.)
Supported by scientific research and data.
Which is the most recent.
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