THE PRACTICAL PREPAREDNESS TEST

Updated November 5, 2001


Print off a copy of this quiz for each family member. It will help you assess your family's emergency readiness. It's also a good way to discuss preparedness in a non-threatening manner for children and to make them feel like an active part of the planning. In the safety of their home, kids can see you in the unfrazzled mode, handling everything calmly. <grin>


1. Has your family rehearsed fire escape routes from your home in the last year?
YES
NOWhat are they? ___________________________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________


2. Where are the upper story escape ladder(s) located?
Are they in good repair?

______________________________________________
YESNO


3. Does your family know what to do before, during, and after an emergency?
YESNO

4. Where would the family meet if a disaster occurs while some members are away from home?
___________________________________________________________________________________


5. If heavy objects hang over beds that could fall during an earthquake, have they been secured?
YESNO

6. Do you have access to a flashlight in every occupied bedroom? (candles shouldn't be used until you're sure there is no leaking gas).
YESNOChecked the batteries lately?YESNO

7. Are shoes near your bed to protect your feet against broken glass?
YESNO

8. If a water line were ruptured during an earthquake, do you know how to shut off the water main?
YESNOWhere is it located?____________________________________________________

9. Can this water valve be turned off by hand without the use of a tool? Do you have a tool if one is needed?
YESNO

10. Where the main gas shutoff valve to your house is located?

___________________________________________________________________________________

11. If you smell gas, how would you shut off this valve?

___________________________________________________________________________________

12. Gas valves usually can't be turned off by hand. Is there a shutoff tool near the valve?
YESNO

13. Would you be able to safely restart your furnace when gas is available?
YESNO

14. Are smoke alarms in each bedroom and living area?
YESNOChecked the batteries lately?YESNO

15. Do you have and know how to operate a fire extinguisher? (The fire department will test yours free of charge).
YESNOChecked the expiration date?YESNO

16. Are duplicate keys and copies of important papers stored outside your home?
YESNO

17. Do you have a battery or solar powered emergency radio?
YESNOChecked the batteries lately?YESNO


FOR A THREE DAY EMERGENCY, WOULD YOU. . .

18. Have sufficient food?
YESNO

19. Have the means to cook without power?
YESNO

20. Have sufficient water for drinking, cooking, pets, spillage and sanitary needs?
YESNO

21. Have you made 72 hour evacuation kits for each family member?
YESNO

22. If made last year, have you checked all expiration dates and replenished supplies?
YESNO

23. Can you carry or transport these kits?
YESNO

24. Who are your out-of-state contacts? ____________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________

25. Do you have first aid kits in the home and in each car?
YESNOChecked the expiration dates lately?YESNO

26. Do you have work gloves and tools for minor rescue and clean up?
YESNO

27. Do you have emergency, small currency cash on hand? (During disasters, banks and ATM machines may close and checks can't be verified.)
YESNO

28. Without power, could you heat at least part of your house?
YESNO

29. If you take medications, do you have a month's supply?
YESNO

30. Do you have alternate toilet facilities if there is an extended water shortage?
YESNO

How'd you do?


If you've found some holes in your prep plans, it's not too late to go back and fill in the gaps.



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