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Could you survive an earthquake? A hurricane? Any other kind of natural disaster? Taking the quizzes in this category might just save your life.
15 Survival Techniques quizzes and 150 Survival Techniques trivia questions.
OMG Its Smoke and Fire
  OMG It's Smoke and Fire!   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Bright, burning and merciless, fire is fast and furious, so get ready as Fireman Digby Dalmatian quizzes your class on what to do, and how to prepare.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Godwit, Nov 11 16
Very Easy
Godwit gold member
1280 plays
  Ultimate Survival Test!   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
If your life was on the line, would you know how to survive?
Average, 10 Qns, PockyPocky, Apr 11 21
Apr 11 21
6770 plays
  Survival Skills   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A little quiz covering some basic survival skills - will you live through it?
Average, 10 Qns, bwyoda, Feb 19 24
Feb 19 24
5622 plays
  Quick Tips for Survival    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz gives you quick tips to remember when facing specific disasters and how to be prepared for them!
Easier, 10 Qns, Saleo, Oct 18 22
Recommended for grades: 11,12
Oct 18 22
1074 plays
  OMG It's a Blizzard!   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Lashing, pelting, howling and dangerous; learn different blizzard conditions, and how to stay safe in the cold winds and blinding snows.
Easier, 10 Qns, Godwit, Jun 30 22
Godwit gold member
Jun 30 22
633 plays
  OMG It's a Hurricane!   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Oh My God it's a HURRICANE! Also called a typhoon, hurricanes are massive, powerful and dangerous ocean-carried storms with devastating winds and rain. Preparation is the key to survival.
Easier, 10 Qns, Godwit, Jun 15 22
Godwit gold member
Jun 15 22
844 plays
  Cold Weather Safety   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Winter is officially here in the Northern Hemisphere, and with it all of the traditional winter woes. Hopefully this quiz will educate you on how to stay safe and warm this season.
Average, 10 Qns, bullymom, Dec 04 14
5771 plays
  OMG It's a Tornado!   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Spinning, dark and dangerous, a tornado rips and smashes everything in its unpredictable path. Find out with Tim-tim how to survive deadly "twister" weather.
Average, 10 Qns, Godwit, Feb 28 15
Godwit gold member
741 plays
  Man vs. Wild   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
If you ever find yourself in the wilderness - lost or not - remember these tips for survival!
Easier, 10 Qns, Saleo, Nov 06 20
Recommended for grades: 7,8,9
Nov 06 20
861 plays
  How to Survive an Earthquake    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Earthquakes are no fun. Play this quiz to find out if you are ready to survive one.
Easier, 10 Qns, Verne47, Oct 25 23
Oct 25 23
808 plays
trivia question Quick Question
As a food source, most lizards are edible and will make for a decent meal. This one however should be avoided. What is it called?

From Quiz "Would You Survive in the Desert ?"

  Would You Survive in the Desert ?   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The American southwest can be a formidable place. This quiz will test your ability to survive if you were to be stranded.
Average, 10 Qns, cplum972, Jul 28 17
3858 plays
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Lost in the woods or in a strange island? Being attacked by animals? Close to death? Stop! Think before you do anything, so you can at least get out of it alive! Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, Lpez, Sep 21 23
Sep 21 23
474 plays
  A Walk in the Woods: To Eat or Not to Eat    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here's a yes or no quiz about what you should and shouldn't eat from the wilderness.
Tough, 10 Qns, polly5, Jun 08 08
1180 plays
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
If a landslide were to occur in your neighbourhood, would you know what to do? Take this quiz to find out!
Average, 10 Qns, mthegreat, Sep 06 23
Sep 06 23
1874 plays
  Survival Techniques based on SAS    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A sample of survival techniques derived from the SAS.
Tough, 10 Qns, doomed, Mar 28 15
915 plays

Survival Techniques Trivia Questions

1. There are many natural disasters. Which one is an earthquake?

From Quiz
How to Survive an Earthquake

Answer: a noticeable shaking of the earth's surface

Earthquakes can be be very slight so that they are hardly felt. On the other hand, they can be very violent and cause the loss of many buildings and lives. It is very important to be prepared for an earthquake.

2. Vidar grew up in extreme cold weather country, so when he hears that a blizzard is coming, he pays careful attention. What is a blizzard?

From Quiz OMG It's a Blizzard!

Answer: Sustained driving winds and snow

A blizzard is a severe and dangerous cold weather storm with powerful driving winds, blowing or falling snow, and low visibility. Though criteria vary in different countries, generally winds must rage for at least three hours and exceed 35-45 miles per hour (56-72 km). A blizzard is defined by its strong winds rather than its load of snow. The term is American, originating from about 1770 when it described a violent rainstorm, morphing in the early 1880s to describe a hail of gunfire, and then about 1820-1860 the word was applied to raging winds and snow storms. It can be used about any blinding onslaught, such as a blizzard of words, a blizzard of ice cream, or a blizzard of bombs.

3. Barely escaping a hurricane, Tim-tim moves from Florida to the much safer Kansas. But a friendly neighbor warns, "We get a lot of tornadoes here". What is the nickname for the US and Canadian region where tornadoes are frequent?

From Quiz OMG It's a Tornado!

Answer: Tornado Alley

The nickname "tornado alley" was coined by the US Air Force in 1952 during a research study of severe weather. The US "tornado alley" includes Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Nebraska, though adjoining and more northern states are reporting more tornadoes. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration the increased number and severity is due only to our improved ability to spot and report them. Ontario, Canada has its own tornado alley. Second to the US, Canada has more tornadoes than anywhere in the world. The word tornado originates with the Latin "tonare", to thunder.

4. The acronym STOP is often stressed as being vital to your chances of survival. For what does the P stand?

From Quiz Survival Skills

Answer: Plan

The full acronym is sit, think, observe and plan. Survival can be a state of mind and your best chances are to avoid panic and check out your surroundings to see what resources you have at hand. Praying might give you some comfort, but concentrate on the practicalities first.

5. Since Tim-tim now lives in an area prone to tornadoes, what is a safety warning feature he should be aware of because, when it alerts, he must take cover immediately?

From Quiz OMG It's a Tornado!

Answer: Warning sirens

"Take cover" siren warnings work because tornadoes form and travel fast. The average lead-time warning is just 13 minutes, and that warning must reach everyone, no matter where they are or what they are doing. The precursor to these sirens were "air raid" sirens in Europe, designed for attacks of war or nuclear meltdown. More recently schools use sirens to warn of shooter attack. Standard sirens sound in one or all directions up to 135 decibels at 100 feet (30 m), though there are many new kinds. Cell phones are another way cities quickly send alarms. Homes in tornado alley have unique requirements, like stronger roofs and powerful foundation attachments. Most homes also have basements, and the lucky few have a "storm cellar" built underground. Tim-tim should check his city regulations, and his home and neighborhood, so he knows which safety options are available to him.

6. Tim-tim hears that a huge storm is approaching his vacation spot on the island of Japan, but being from Miami, he isn't concerned, because no one mentions his phobia, a hurricane. Which term will the local Japanese weather station be using?

From Quiz OMG It's a Hurricane!

Answer: Typhoon

A typhoon (Chinese Tai-Fung meaning big wind) is the same as a hurricane, but occurs especially in the Philippines, China sea, or the western part of the North Pacific Ocean. This is the most active and intense ocean storm area on Earth, where nearly one-third of all these massive storms happen. In this region, when a "tropical storm" matures or becomes very severe (above 64 knots or 74 miles per hour, 119 Km), it is called a typhoon. Knowing your terms is a key to handling dangerous situations. Since Tim-Tim is vacationing in Japan, he should definitely heed the warnings and quickly put his storm survival plan into action.

7. Which list of survival tasks is prioritized in the correct order (assuming temperate climate)?

From Quiz Survival Skills

Answer: Address injuries, build shelter, build fire, locate water, locate food

Remember - protection, location, water & food in that order.

8. Knives and their sheaths are a very important part of a survival kit, but what must you NOT do with the item based on the following statements?

From Quiz Survival Techniques based on SAS

Answer: Hold the sheath on the same side as the cutting edge

Easy really, if you hold the cutting edge in your hand whilst taking it from the sheath you may lose your fingers!

9. The blizzard falls so thickly Vidar cannot see anything, and he feels disoriented and blinded by it. What's the name for this weather condition?

From Quiz OMG It's a Blizzard!

Answer: Whiteout

Whiteout occurs when snow is falling so fast, and the winds blow so fiercely, all that can be seen is a white blur. Visibility is near zero. On an expanse of flat land the horizon blends with the sky, buildings and trees are snow covered, and chain-reaction car crashes are frequent. Vidar could easily become lost just feet from his house. If, for some emergency, he must go out he should tie a rope securely to his doorway, and the other end to his waist. He can head directly out, for instance to his barn or car, and then follow the rope back to safety. Sadly many a man has been found post-blizzard, frozen dead within 10 feet (3m) of his home or barn, because he couldn't see as far as his own shoes. It is best to stay indoors, or pull over immediately when driving, during whiteout conditions.

10. The sirens sound, warning that a powerful tornado is headed straight for the city in which Tim-tim lives. What is the most important thing he should do?

From Quiz OMG It's a Tornado!

Answer: Hurry to a shelter spot

As a tornado nears, Tim-tim can waste no time. He should go immediately to a cellar underground, or a basement area away from all windows. No basement? A bathroom has strong walls, and often no windows. If Tim-tim is in his car, he should LEAVE and rush to a low-lying area, then lie flat with his hands protecting his head. A big tornado can easily pick up a car, shake or smash it, or toss it some distance. It bursts out windows, starts fires and topples towers and trees. Weirdly, a tornado may devastate a large swath, yet leave buildings within feet of its swath untouched.

11. How long could a person survive without food?

From Quiz Survival Skills

Answer: Three weeks

The average human (with some exceptions!) will survive without air for three minutes, water for three days and food for three weeks - the rule of 3's.

12. Black widow spiders are one of many creatures to be cautious of. You can easily identify one by its appearance. What is the best description?

From Quiz Would You Survive in the Desert ?

Answer: Shiny black body with a red "hourglass" marking on the abdomen

The male black widow spider can be as much as 1/4 the size of a female and is not considered to be dangerous.

13. Another step in being prepared for a landslide is the same as with the danger of fire; making an evacuation plan. When is it best to make this evacuation plan?

From Quiz Landslide!

Answer: as soon as possible, if not done already

Everyone should have an evacuation plan for their home in case of emergency. It could save a life, and is quick and easy to make. Also make sure to discuss it with others in your household.

14. What danger will you come across if you see no vegetation or animal remains around a pool of water?

From Quiz Survival Techniques based on SAS

Answer: It's likely to be polluted

It's important to boil any water found for pollution or high levels of mineral input. Always check around the edges of a pool for minerals which could show signs of alkaline conditions.

15. Perhaps the deadliest blizzard in history happened in Iran in 1972. Four thousand died, 200 villages were buried in some 26 feet (7.9 m) of snow, and the blizzard lasted how long, with no day of rest?

From Quiz OMG It's a Blizzard!

Answer: Seven days

The Iran blizzard covered a vast area in 26 feet (7.9m) of snow and lasted for seven brutal days. Although we hope for a day or two of warning as a blizzard approaches, its exact nature cannot be foretold, so there is always the chance lives will be lost. It is important to re-supply your pantry, update emergency supplies, set up an emergency generator and battery-operated radio, and let loved ones know where you are. Do not get into your car and try to outrun an oncoming blizzard. But relocating families and friends together in the most solid home nearby, with pooled resources, can work well. Churches and schools sometimes offer shelter. And you may gather with neighbors to help each other shovel snow off your roofs as soon as possible, so they do not collapse under heavy snow.

16. While out shopping at the large mall, Tim-tim hears the tornado "take cover" siren. What is the smart thing for Tim-tim, and all shoppers, to do?

From Quiz OMG It's a Tornado!

Answer: Walk quickly down the stairs to the basement

While a mall seems like a solid place, buildings with a long-span are very dangerous during a tornado. The roof is usually supported only by outside walls, so when tornadoes pressure the building, the roof collapses. Tim-tim should take the stairs directly to the lowest level, away from any windows. If he is trapped on a higher level, he should avoid elevators and escalators, enter a furniture or mattress store, and crawl under a heavy desk, shelf or counter. At the very least, he can stand under a solid door frame, shielding his body from flying debris with a mattress or heavy coat. Most of the time the tornado will sail on by, and Tim-tim may feel silly crouched under a mattress. But if the mall is hit, Tim-tim can save his life by taking correct cover.

17. Over the past few years, emergency rooms have seen a higher incidence of head and neck injuries in the winter, especially among young people. Why is this?

From Quiz Cold Weather Safety

Answer: Snowboarding has become popular

The outdoor sport of snowboarding, which is sort of like surfing on the snow, has grown in popularity in the US and Canada over the past several years. Like any other winter sport, it has hazards: along with frostbite and hypothermia, there's the danger of falling and breaking a limb, getting hit by a vehicle, or running into a tree or rock.

18. Arthur's mother is in a wheelchair. What should she NOT do in the event of an earthquake?

From Quiz How to Survive an Earthquake

Answer: Try to roll out of the wheelchair.

It would very dangerous to try to roll from the wheelchair. It is important that persons who are physically challenged try as much as possible to remain calm in such circumstances. Any book or pillow at hand could be used to cover the head and neck. If none is available the person should use his or her arms to cover these areas. Locking the wheels of the wheelchair will prevent it from rolling during the shaking.

19. What is the term used for a disaster in which earth and soil move downwards, destroying things in their path, and which is usually related to floods and earthquakes?

From Quiz Quick Tips for Survival

Answer: Landslide

Landslides can cause massive damage to life and property. Rainstorms and earthquakes are the most common causes for landslides. If you live in an area that is prone to landslides, you should make sure you and your family are aware of evacuation plans and emergency measures. Make sure your building has a proper foundation that can not be compromised due to a landslide. Keep yourself updated on weather changes and signals that may precipitate landslides. Keep a kit ready to be taken in case of evacuation which has all the necessary supplies and tools. Avoid driving in a landslide prone area after it has been recently affected. Help your neighbors and other people be prepared for the disaster.

20. Being lost in a dark forest sure is stressful, but before you do anything that will only make matters worse, stop and remember the following. How many campfires or gunshots or whistles are usually accepted as a universal distress signal?

From Quiz Stop!

Answer: 3

The usually accepted universal distress signal is a formation of three things or sounds. These could be three campfires lined up in a row or in triangle shape, firing three gunshots, whistling three times, or even flashing with a reflective object, like a mirror, three times. Knowing this could save your life, since a helicopter, for example, could see the three campfires lined up and understand the signal.

21. Vidar was heading home from vacation with his friends when a blizzard hit hard and the road was blocked. What's a danger to Vidar if he leaves the car and heads out to get help?

From Quiz OMG It's a Blizzard!

Answer: Suffering frostbite

Frostbite is a medical condition where flesh tissue is injured by extreme cold. It ranges from first degree (redness and itching called "frostnip") to blisters of the skin (second degree, chilblains) to freezing of the tissues, vessels and nerves of the limbs and face (third and fourth degree), which may lead to amputation of the affected parts. It's worse if clothes are too tight or get wet, or circulation is poor because of constricted position, smoking, drinking, or a health condition. Do NOT rub or massage the area. Use your own body heat and blankets to warm a victim, or if indoors, immerse the injured area in a warm water bath and call for emergency help. Caution: a warm-water bath of cold extremities can tax the heart, so with vulnerable persons just get professional emergency help fast.

22. People say an approaching tornado has a distinct sound. How is it often described?

From Quiz OMG It's a Tornado!

Answer: A freight train

Many people describe an approaching tornado as sounding "like a freight train". A tornado has a low roar as it approaches from a distance, then rushes past fast, like a train. It's the tightly wound funnel that makes the rushing, rumbling noise, combined with its load of sucked-up debris. A tornado can approach and be gone in as little as five to ten minutes, though it may linger for hours. Any time you hear this freight train roar, you are too close! Hit the ground.

23. Tim-tim did the research to find out exactly what dangers threaten his home and family if a hurricane hits. He's got a secure location to evacuate to, and a disaster kit. What is perhaps the most vital component of his disaster kit?

From Quiz OMG It's a Hurricane!

Answer: Hand crank or battery radio

While a whistle, beef jerky and some juices are good ideas, the most important item is a hand cranked or battery-operated radio. That's because if electricity and cell towers go out, Tim-tim can still listen for emergency broadcasts, evacuation orders, and updates about the hurricane via the radio. He may even be able to use the radio to help rescuers find his family under debris, if need be, after the storm has passed.

24. It is important to keep parasites and dangerous bacteria from accumulating on the body, but bathing is often a luxury in the desert. What is a good alternative to a traditional bath?

From Quiz Would You Survive in the Desert ?

Answer: Take a "smoke bath" by burning certain shrubs or plants

Native Americans used "smoke baths" as part of rituals, but they are also effective cleansing tools, especially by burning plants like juniper which is abundant in the American southwest.

25. Lon is caught outdoors during an earthquake. Where is the best place for him to stay until it is over?

From Quiz How to Survive an Earthquake

Answer: in the open

The spot Lon decides on should be clear from buildings, street lights, trees and power lines. Once he gets to that place of relative safety he should drop to the ground and remain there until the shaking is over. If he is in the mountains or in an unstable area he should look out for falling rocks and other forms of debris. If he is in a motor vehicle he should stop in an area that is free of hazards and remain in his vehicle with his seatbelt fastened until the earthquake is over.

26. When Tim-tim is outside playing baseball, the city sirens go off, signaling a tornado is imminent. Looking up, the sky is probably which color?

From Quiz OMG It's a Tornado!

Answer: Bright green

A hallmark sky in tornado country is bright green with low, black clouds, often preceded by heavy rain or hail. If Tim-tim's baseball team notices an eerie calm after heavy rain or hail, and dark, low clouds with green sky roll in, better run for a ditch or a gully! Why a tornado sky is green can be complex--its because of an interplay of time of day, light and types of clouds, but generally, it's due to the nature of the thunderclouds that accompany a tornado. Take heed: a tornado may approach without a green sky, and not at its usual late afternoon time.

27. How much water should Tim-tim include in the family disaster kit?

From Quiz OMG It's a Hurricane!

Answer: At least 3 gallons a person, plus pets' needs

The Red Cross recommends at least a 3-day supply. That's one gallon per day for each person, with additional for pets. Some believe water should be in glass containers, not cardboard or plastic, especially if the water may be stored for a while, or exposed to hot temperatures, before it is used. Other recommended items are: A 3-day supply of non-perishable food for each person, pet food, flashlight, batteries, a first aid kit, a 7-day supply of medications and needed health items like glasses, important personal documents, any tools you need such as a can opener or hammer, and toiletries. Store some cash, blankets, maps, pet supplies, extra keys, your family emergency plan and phone numbers. You might also want to include flood or rain gear, insect repellents, sunscreen, cell phones (which may or may not operate during or after the storm), and a camera.

28. What type of bear is the most likely to attack a human?

From Quiz Ultimate Survival Test!

Answer: A mother bear.

Mother bears will do anything to protect their young and are extremely dangerous. Although a mother bear will attack to protect her cubs, she is less likely to kill you than a male. Also, running from a bear is useless. Running ignites their chasing instinct and they can reach speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. So if you're walking through bear country, sing, talk, or make noise so that bears can hear you and avoid you.

29. Vidar is cozy and warm in his home as a blizzard howls and rages outside. Yet he should be prepared for which emergency situation?

From Quiz OMG It's a Blizzard!

Answer: Power outage

Although Vidar has stocked up food supplies and his family is safe, strong winds, heavy snow and ice can bring down power lines. This means no TV news, no lights, probably no water or toilet, no cooking, and most importantly, no heat. Vidar was thinking ahead, so he has medications and medical supplies, flashlights and extra batteries, matches, lamps or candles, a can opener, and lots of blankets. Before the storm he filled a dishpan with water, put a bucket of water in the bathroom to use for flushing, and set out fresh water for pets. He has a small battery-operated heater placed away from curtains and walls, and a battery-operated radio. He also covered drafty windows and doors, so his family remains safely warm and hydrated no matter how severe or long-lasting the blizzard.

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