Test Your Preparedness IQ

This week, we have a fun 10 question quiz to test your preparedness IQ! Click on your answers below.

Test Your Preparedness IQ

Question 1
True or False...Sourdough starter must be kept refrigerated.
Try again...
Question 1 Explanation: 
Sourdough starter does not have to be refrigerated. Interesting fact: Sourdough starter was brought over on the Mayflower and containers of sourdough starter tagged along with miners during the gold rush days.

It’s the perfect solution for grid down when refrigeration may be unavailable. Just remember to remove one-two cups of starter each day and use for baking or throw it away. Replace with an equal amount of flour and water (premix) and fold in to existing sourdough starter. Let it sit out to reactivate for use in baking.
Question 2
How much water does the average person use for drinking, bathing, gardening, and clean-up chores daily?
287 gallons
not unless you've got a water leak
50 gallons
if you've got a rock garden, don't have a car, and take 2 minute showers...but that's not average.
100 gallons
Question 2 Explanation: 
The average person consumes 100 gallons of water daily between drinking, bathing, gardening and clean up chores each day.

During a crisis, 28 gallons of water is the BARE minimum per person per month, but this does not include bathing and gardening water.
Question 3
Which states have outlawed rainwater collection?
Colorado, Washington, and Utah
There are no states that have outlawed rainwater collection.
Unfortunately, more than one state has outlawed rainwater collection
New Hampshire and Utah
Close, but not quite.
Question 3 Explanation: 
Authorities in Colorado, Washington and Utah have gone on record as having said the water belongs to “someone else” and is a shared resource.

You can receive a "cease & desist" order or fines for harvesting rain water in some areas of these states.
Question 4
What type of nuclear blast is more likely to disperse radiation further?
A ground level nuclear blast
An air-burst nuclear blast
It doesn't make any difference
Question 4 Explanation: 
There is a time component to this one. Nuclear reactor meltdowns, like what happened in Japan, can spread radiation half way around the globe.

A ground burst will cause it to spread quicker and at higher concentrations and an air burst will cause irradiated materials to spread even quicker and at even higher concentrations.
Question 5
Which food, stored with airtight lids, with the oxygen evacuated, out of sunlight, moisture, extreme heat or freezing can last up to 30 years?
There are no foods with a shelf life of 30 years.
You'll be pleasantly surprised to know that there are.
Whole, dry corn
try again
Question 5 Explanation: 
Wheat has an incredible shelf life when stored in airtight containers with the oxygen evacuated, out of sunlight and extreme temperature, and moisture—the enemies of shelf life.
Question 6
Which is one of the top 10 most toxic foods that are regularly consumed?
partially correct
partially correct
partially correct
All of the above
Question 6 Explanation: 
Although popular foods, worldwide, Cashews, Mushrooms and Potatoes all contain toxins and must be prepared more carefully than many other foods.
Question 7
The Carrington Event, caused by an ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP) resulting from a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from an X class solar flare, occurred in what year?
It was longer ago than that...
Not quite that far back...
Question 7 Explanation: 
The Carrington Event took out telegraph systems in much of Europe and North America on September 1-2, 1859.

It was caused by a powerful CME (coronal mass ejection) event that took a mere 17 hours to hit earth—something that would normally take 3 – 4 days.

The aurora was seen in many parts of the world and in the Rockies was so bright; it woke miners who began to make breakfast, thinking it was morning.

The pulse of energy was still powerful enough after making it through the Earth's atmosphere that it caused fires along telegraph lines from coast to coast.

Our modern electrical grid is more vulnerable to CME's than it was in 1859 and has almost no defenses in place for when (not if) this happens again.
Question 8
True or False:  A high quality water filter will filter out nuclear radiation?
Question 8 Explanation: 
Even the highest quality water purifier should NOT be used to rid water of fallout particles.

There are simply too many ways for the radioactive materials to pass through traditional filters. Even filters/purifiers that trap all particles can let radioactive gas that's suspended in the water through.
Question 9
Of the three, which has the most negative impact on the shelf life of bulk storage food?
It's bad, but not the worst
It's bad, but not the worst
Temperature and temperature change
Question 9 Explanation: 
Although all three: Humidity, Light & extreme Temperature and Temperature fluctuations are all damaging to the shelf life of food storage, extreme temperatures and temperature fluctuations are the most damaging.

Temperature fluctuations, like those found in car trunks, attics, and semi trailers can remove up to 95% of the nutritional value from long term food storage in as little as 5 years.
Question 10
The general mortality rate during the 1918 flu pandemic is often reported as having been 30%.  This included people treated by MDs in and out of hospitals.  What was the mortality rate among people who got the flu and were treated by homeopathic physicians?
Believe it or not, it was lower than that!
Nope...it worked better than that.
Question 10 Explanation: 
Amazingly enough, the mortality rate of 1918 flu patients under a homeopathic physician's care was actually between 0% and 2%.

Over the last few years, I’ve figured out the supplements that my body responds best to so that it can fight sickness without prescription antibiotics. I dedicate most of a lesson to this topic in the http://SurviveInPlace.com Survival Course, but some of the core items are vitamin C, vitamin D3, zinc (Zicam), calcium, essential oils, grapefruit seed extract, sambucol (elderberry), and colloidal silver. I also try to eat a lot more spicy foods and oregano during flu season and when I’m starting to feel my body fighting something.
There are 10 questions to complete.

It’s important to regularly do quick self-checks, like this one, to honestly evaluate what you do and do not know.

How’d you do?  Did this little exercise cause you to take action on a facet of preparedness that you had forgotten about? Would you like to see more preparedness quizzes in the future, and if so, on what topics and at what level?

Share your answers and thoughts by commenting below:

God bless and stay safe!

Survival Diva and David Morris


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  1. Bob McElroy says:

    Loved it! Can we see questions on clothing, or first aid and beyond?

  2. Toby,
    This begs the question of how to deal with the reverse osmosis membrane when it starts accumulating radioactive particles. Presumably, you will get dosed with it, and the dosage rate will increase the closer you are to your RO filter. Do you or anyone else have any ideas on how to radiologically shield your RO filter and then to safely dispose of the contaminated components?

    On gaseous radioactive contamination, I know that outgassing of ammonia and other undesirable gases, and oxygenation of water can be greatly accelerated with circulation pumps or powerheads. I dont’ think it would be a good idea to do this in your kitchen, however, because the radioactive gases will be released from the water and go all over your house to be breathed in.

    Also, if there is no water pressure then RO can’t be used to filter your water in the usual way. There are gravity-fed deionizers that work almost as well as RO or distillation in removing particulates from water. They’re not as good but they’re in the ball park. I expect that a gravity-fed deionizer would remove a great deal of radioactive ions from the water. You could include a gravity-fed deionizer as a second or third stage component in a gravity fed water filtration system, along with cheesecloth/gravel/charcoal/sand/ceramic/whathaveyou. You could also keep the deionizer away from people and shield it from radiation emissions.

  3. Dear Divia and Dave, Have followed you on FB for a while. Appreciate your wisdom and willingness to educate us. Received many of your course materials. Your Newsleter is awesome! Thank You.

    Question: May have missed the answer among other posts. (Sorry) When do you begin to take the iodine pills and how many after notification of a nuke incident either from a power plant or EMP? Asking for an attendee at a discussion session of APN. Im not sure what to tell folks, Please explain or refer me to a site with relative information. Thanks!

    Question: How do you create a “whole community” of prepared folks when many christians don’t believe they will be going through any thing? our area was hit hard by the wind storm on June 29th “the dericho” and yet not one single call has been received at EMS Office requesting a presentation of preparedness or related concerns. Two pastors out of a roster of 67 have replied to an invite.

    • Survival Diva says:


      Here’s a site to research on the best way to avoid exposure to radiation ki4u. com/ guide. htm (I have sepperated it, so it will not cause issues with the site) which is the first step to avoid radiation poisoning! When going outdoors after a nuclear event, the build-up of radiation is cumulative, meaning it builds up in the body, and can cause death. Always store at least 2 weeks’ worth of food and water indoors, so you won’t have to go outdoors and be exposed to the harmful effects of radiation. The site I have given goes into detail of how to prepare indoor locations to avoid getting hit with the brunt of radiation.

      I do want to mention I am not a doctor, and can’t give out medical advice. Having said that, some people are allergic to iodine. It would NOT be a good thing to experience a severe allergic reaction to iodine during a crisis when medical help may be difficult to find. Before ingesting iodine, it’s wise to seek a physician’s advice first! I’m militant about this because I am allergic to the iodine in shellfish. Puff up like a blow-fish. Because of that, I’ve worried about folks ingesting large doses of iodine without having double-checked the possible side effects first. Look up the search words necessary to research recommendations for reducing the effects of radiation poisoning, which leads to death, or later: thyroid cancer. There are several approaches, and only you can decide which one is best for you and your loved ones.

      You have a very valid question regarding preparing communities in light of their belief in the rapture. I am NOT a theologian, but have studied this at length. Many expert theologians disagree; some say the rapture will occur at the beginning, others say in the middle, and others at the end of the seven-year period. Some disagree it will be seven years, while others say the Rapture is a recent belief and is a fairy tale for Christians. I won’t put my beliefs here, because they really don’t matter, other than to help you try to reach those you care about. Possibly the best approach would be to pull up from the net the different scenarios and ask those in your community if they feel comfortable gambling their safety and the safety of their loved ones. It’s a valid question! And so what if they’re raptured before things really dissolve? As Christians, we are to help our fellow man, correct? Is it possible the Lord would want us to leave behind what others will need…keep them alive while they come to grips with a new truth and have the chance to repent?

      I have many disclaimers here, don’t I? But your questions are both extremely important ones and deserve food for thought ( : Hope this helped!

  4. A Reverse Osmosis water filter will remove radioactive components and make the water safe to drink. Also, on your question on air and ground burst explosions, it is not relavent, both are lethal, both are poison. The ground burst is more contained, but has higher radiation counts for longer periods. Air burst spreads further, but with lower radiation levels for shorter time frames. BOTH are to be avoided, niether is better! You should have counters as part of you survival kit. Know your “enemy”, know allowable exposures, and have Iodine in your kit too. People survive, but prepared people increase the survival percentages….

    • Shirley S. says:

      Toby: that is great news. But, are you absolutely sure? I mean, I know they say it removes everything, but they may not have tested radioactivity. I’d feel better if someone could show us that it has been researched specifically with radiation. Of course, I’d have to trust that it was really done. Nobody knows for sure anymore. But, I don’t know how I could experiment with it to be completely sure. Do you, David, or anyone have any ideas?
      P.S. I think an aluminum wrap could keep radiation out of the water already bottled, in case the radiation comes into house, (and where do you get odorless bleach?) if our house is far enough away from any blast. I have missed some exerpts with you guys, so maybe I’m redundit, but…I have extra caulking, and tough shower curtains to put up on windows/2 doors, with heavy packing tape. Do you think this is good, or not? I’d like to hear more about this, too. Thanks

      • Quick note to Diva, David – if possible could you set up ‘follow the post’ type notifications to our email for moderated/accepted new posts to the thread? It might facilitate more discussion.

        Shirley, Toby – check out my earlier post in older comments 8/11 13:19 and check out Cresson H. Kearney’s classic reference “Nuclear War Survival Skills” w/ 1987 update and 2001 addendum – and on a practical level Dean Ing’s well researched short story “Pulling Through”.

        The key is the highly radiated particles. Think of them as flashlights emitting beams – 360 degrees around – of deadly invisible light. The only defense is distance from the ‘flashlight’ or shielding between it and you. More ‘flashlights’ means that’s harder to do. If the particle stays at ground zero that’s no immediate danger to you. But all nuclear detonations WILL kick up radioactive particles which WILL be spread ALL around the world. ALL – even 200 kilotons (equal to 200,000 tons of dynamite) – will put particles in the jet streams. The mild amount of smoke from Fukushima did that. Ground pounders dig massive craters adding many megatons of these particles to be deposited later downwind.

        With your water, food, and air you want to avoid ingesting these radio-active transmitters into your body. Particles in wounds or your body are more dangerous than being continually bathed in background radiation. There are solutions – 3.6″ of dirt cuts the radiation received in half, 36″ means you get 1/1024. See Kearney’s very accurate radiation detector made from materials commonly around the home.

  5. There is so much to know about so many things we’d all better have a network of people who know answers to these questions and more, who can cross train each member of our communities about self-reliance. Build your network!

    • Survival Diva says:


      Thank You! Couldn’t have said it better myself ( :

    • CLIFF DEANE says:

      Miss Diva,

      There is no question that your premise of a community is 100% correct.

      I would love to have such a community, but with only one exception, anyone we speak to thinks we’re nuts…well, there is one couple who have beans in glass jars, and think they are completely prepared…now that’s nutZ!

      I am a member of APN, but find little to be of much value in the “community building arena”.

      …and I must admit that I am really sick and tired of the “worn out slogans” concerning Patriots shedding blood to fight tyrants. Surprisingly, though, I have not seen Sic Simper Tyrannous. Of Course that was what John Wilkes Booth said as he shot Lincoln. Actually it is most appropriate, howsomever.

      I spent 35 yrs in the Army as enlisted and officer, yet I still cannot convince my closest friends that our flag will soon be a museum piece. Long live the Republic of Arizona.

      • Survival Diva says:


        I feel your pain! Don’t give up…people are starting to wake up. When grain prices go sky high, they’ll certainly wake up!

        What you said is heart-wrenchingly true…

  6. On food storage many foods can last 30+ years while keeping some nutritional value – by home canning for example. Dave and Barb have pointed out temperature is extremely important. Dr. Prepper’s rule of thumb (James Talmage Stevens’ “Making The Best Of Basics”) is that for every 10 F above 70 F you cut your storage life in half – every 10 F below 70 F you double it. FFT (Food For Thouht) QUESTION – Do you REALLY need 30 yrs storage life? It’s nice and convenient – I’m cautious and like backups for my backups :^)) – but professionally processed food can cost two limbs, your choice. So you’re paying a premium for that ‘extra’ 25-30 yrs of shelf life. No matter how much you store you will run out of it if the disruption goes on long enough. I recommend you learn to MGR (Make, Grow, or Raise) it. Keep containers off floor and allow a cat or two free access to your storage area. Inspect regularly.

    Factoid on Q 6 Carrington Event – In one area of Montana, one dynamite shed did not explode while others w/in several miles around it did. All the sheds storing the dynamite were of wood. This suggests the additional energy from CMEs may form multiple syne waves w/ peaks and valleys which may combine to multiply/cancel the local effect.

    JAW DROPING WEIRDNESS – Just saw a FEMA ad on TV saying Heroes were those who prepared so they could help their neighbors. I was in shock but the building the pictured family was exiting might have been a church. Ad pointed to Ready.gov.

    Just a heads up David, Diva – put on my IT System Analyst (25+ years) Hat for a few comments and FFT on Friday 8/10 in the 8/3 New Forum comments. Hope they help some. Also just from watching my brother design websites and consistently get them to show up on the first page of search engine results, there are other ways than putting all your eggs on social media.

    • Survival Diva says:


      Your message on the IT was forwarded as soon as it came in.

      After having to scrape by while putting food storage aside for 23, I LOVE long shelf life. Won’t have to do a do-over that way ( :

      Thanks for the heads up on the FEMA infomercial. I’m going to watch for it so I can get on tape in case we’re told something else later!

  7. Barb, no frowny faces. :^)) We’re seeking truth, comparing/testing sources to come up w/ the best solutions we can. EVERYONE benefits from discussion/brainstorming. I know I have in many areas in these forums. I’m curious about why they concluded air bursts put more fallout particles into the jetstreams. Air bursts destroy above ground structures but don’t dig massive craters which put many megatons more into the mushroom cloud. Fukushima was an over-hyped panic stricken attempt to manipulate public opinion. Bad? Heck yeah. But compare it w/ a real nuclear detonation. Any nuke will kick up fallout particles into the jetstreams to distribute worldwide. Wikipedia (which still leaves me queszy as a source but has gotten much better the last 5 yrs in verification) says “The strongest jet streams are the polar jets, at around 7–12 km (23,000–39,000 ft) above sea level, and the higher and somewhat weaker subtropical jets at around 10–16 km (33,000–52,000 ft).” Even 200 kiloton detonations reach 25-40+K’ w/ a stabilized cloud spread of 2.7 miles at the top.

    Good catch about rain/snow precipitating out fallout particles.

    • Survival Diva says:


      My face on the reply comment was a smiley face ( :
      Like everyone here on the forum, I love to learn and much of the information we must figure out about preparedness is difficult to find. When you do find it, the next step is to ferret out credibility—there are always differing opinions and advice. Wished there was a go-to place for information that was vetted, offering us the answers we need that was never lacking. It’s interesting and challenging that prepping means wearing many hats; cooking & heating & refrigeration alternatives, food storage, electrical generation (for some), water purification, small animal husbandry, hunting, fishing, bartering, tactical, gardening, building, food preservation, home canning, medical/first aid…lots and lots to know and understand, and I probably forgot to include a few. But by learning, we learn the full meaning of self-sufficiency. I like a challenge…it keeps me on my toes. I will study up on nuclear fallout and if I discover the info I depended on is wrong, then I’ve learned something valuable. There are no hard feelings at all. It’s what we SHOULD be doing here on the forum; asking questions and sharing information.

      • MY bad on the smiley face. :^)) Couldn’t agree w/ you more. Also wish things were easy to find that were vetted but that’s why I go here. The vetted knowledge and discussion is much HIGHER quality.

  8. wow, i didn’t realize i was that far behind. thank you for enlightening me. i better get even more busy catching up! i am working on a bug out place, food storage, guns, etc. you keep the info coming. i am glad you are here to help those of us out that are still new to this. i will show this to my friend who is helping me. 52% omg!

  9. does this mean i have to look up the answers???!!!!!

  10. To live is Christ, but to die is gain.

  11. AutumnGal says:

    I was plesantly surprised with my 92%. All that reading is paying off and have learned so much from you David but didn’t know about potatoes… will be checking that out so yes, the quiz did send me searching for answers:) Thanks!
    I will save the info about filtering water for after a radiation problem. Is there a clay that could be purchased for this purpose?

  12. Thank you for your as always great articles and this great quizz. I am in Australia so i was really suprised to learn about utah etc banning rain water collection. How crazy, i bet they’ll change there minds when there pumps stop working around the city. Too late then!

  13. Mike Griffin says:

    Good questions
    I did not get them all right, but I bet I will survive it all.

  14. Eddie Hinson says:

    Really good pop quiz to get everyone thinking, but even if you made 100 on the test, this is little indication that you can or will survive a catastrophe. I would like to see some more quizzes, they are fun to take, and help show people where and what they need to work on.
    Maybe suggesting some books that people can buy and have in hand and practice some survival skills. I have quite a collection of survival books. I am at this moment reading a book by Bradford Angier that I bought in 1978, it is titled ” The Master Backwoodsman”, it is great reading and you can see how the world has changed since 1978, but still full of useful information. Old Boy Scout manuals, Army survival manuals, many good books on survival skills. But you must practice survival skills before you need them. I think offering some worshops on survival skills where people get some practical knowledge on what to do to survive.

  15. The quiz was pretty good, I got 75%, but partly cuz of a couple of questions that I had to ask further about. The first one was about the effects of a nuclear explosion, my understanding was always that the idea of a ground burst being the one that disperses radiation further, under the idea that the ground burst would suck up more dirt and debris and forming the famous mushroom cloud and as that cloud rises and spreads, more fallout would be dispersed in heavier concentrations and would be carried into the jet streams to cover a wider area before the radioactive material thins out, compared to an airburst where the majority of radiactive particles would come from the nuclear material and the materials of the bomb itself. The airburst would have a bigger blast radius and lesser fallout while the ground burst would be the opposite.

    The other one was about the shelf life of corn, I’ve remembered that dried corn if stored the same as the wheat would last a very long time just as well. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t both wheat and corn found in the ruins of ancient civilizations, like the Aztecs or what not?

    The more information put out there the more informed we become, keep it up!

    • Survival Diva says:


      Wheat has the distinction of being the longest-lasting for food storage because it’s a seed with a hard outer shell. Corn has a long shelf life of 10-12 years when stored in a hermetically sealed container, where the air is removed. For long shelf life, storing bulk foods in 70 degrees F or below is important. When bulk storage is kept in cooler temperatures, like a 58 degree F basement, it’ll keep years longer.

      As far as the avove ground vs. at ground level nuclear explosion, experts say an above ground allows the fallout to be picked up by trade winds (as with Fukushima) and carried further distances. While being carried by trade winds, fallout can be distributed by snowfall and rainfall to the ground.

      • Understood on the wheat/corn issue, on the nuke issue, with the mention of Fukushima, being at ground level, the fallout is still able to make it to the jet stream to be carried around the world , but again the ground level explosion ends up pushing way more dirt into the fireball (leaving a huge crater). It was said that a ground level explosion was a “dirty” detonation with the intent on rendering the area “dirty” for any survivors, airbursts would yield less fallout, if an occupying force wanted to come in after a nuclear attack. Thats also another reason for countries doing nuclear tests now to blow the things up way underground, so they don’t end up contaminating their land and their neighbors with fallout (maybe just the ground water in the immediate area if they punch into an aquifer). Most of what I read about related to all the nuclear testing the US did in the desert and in the Pacific in the 50’s, as well as tests done by other countries as they developed nukes afterward.

        • Diva – MP is right about the fallout. Check Cresson H. Kearney, brilliant Princeton (1938) grad who headed up program which developed our WWII gear for the Pacific, headed up Oak Ridge National Labs (developing nuclear survival skills) for 20+ years, and wrote classic Nuclear War Survival Skills in 1979. The laws of physics don’t change. He updated it in ’87 w/ material the government had wanted toned down in ’79 and an addendum in 2001. The devices he and his team created are still viable today – particularly the very accurate radiation meter (good for detecting bad patches of soil for your filter also) from items around the house and the cardboard ventilation pump. He missed a couple of things like vertical/velocity stack wind effect and that backyard bomb shelters in built up, burning neighborhoods were deathtraps due to CO and CO2 but overall was right on target. Answer a LOT of myths w/ cold, hard data.

          What David referred to in Q 4 was “air burst” vs “ground level”. Air bursts were detonated at usually 2,000′ and designed for maximum blast and thermal damage. Ground pounders were designed for hardened targets and kicked up many mega-tons more of highly radioactive debris. Mushroom clouds can kick up particles 35-60+K’ w/ cloud radius at top 5+ miles for a 1-MT nuke (most common) and 60-100+K’ w/ cloud radius at top 20 miles for a 20-MT. FYI bottom of stratosphere is roughly 40K’. Those particles can stay up for over a year so the nasty factor is how many particles and how close to the detonation point they were.

          Here are a couple other points. Radiation decays over 49 hours by the cube root – 1,000 Rs/hr goes to 10 Rs/hr. (1,000 to 100 Rs/hr after 7 hrs) Over two weeks that 1,000 would decay to 1 R/hr – assuming no new detonations or doses. Massive doses in short periods (hours) kill you. Small doses over an extended period can be handled by body (increased cancer rate 20 yrs later). A group of Japanese fishermen received 175 Rs over 1 week w/out apparent effect. Shielding is made more effective by straight-line distance (hence dog-legs in many shelter entrances) from the particles AND mass/type of materiel. Any mass is better than nothing. 3.6″ of dirt cuts the radiation received in half – so 10×3.6″ or 36″ would cut radiation to 1 part in 1024. After detonation (even just 20 miles away) you have several hours before the radioactive particles start falling on you. Fallout is directed by the wind pattern usually depositing SE through NE in US. Check your locale’s wind pattern and be aware of what is west of you.

          Read Dean Ing’s short story “Pulling Through” about a family going through the 1st week of a nuclear war (available as part of an e-book “The Rackham Files” at Baen.com). You’ll answer most of your questions in this very well research piece. Hope this helps.

          • Survival Diva says:


            I’ll hit the books as soon as possible. Everything I’ve read indicates my answer…will look into it ( :

  16. Got 82%! Loved the quiz and look forward to more. Living in CO, I think the “illegal” practice of water catching is a joke! I’ll do it anyway. I’m glad that I signed up for the survive-in place program. It has opened my eyes to other things/ideas that I haven’t thought of before. Keep up the good work, David!

  17. Daryl Salley says:

    Outstanding! I got 82 and the ones I missed were indeed, somewhat esoteric, but valuable info. I was especially happy to get a passing grade as my preparations have been tied to your Survive in Place course I took three years ago. Up until then, I had a nagging suspicion that we weren’t well prepared. I’ve really become a student of this preparation business as I find it fascinating. Unfortunately, none of my friends, or family take me seriously when I suggest they do some prepping. (Like teaching a pig to sing.) I am indebted to you for all your great help. You should be proud of your efforts. They are not in vain. A lot of us are paying attentiom

  18. Didn’t do so great on the quiz 🙁 . But, hey, that’s what the pop quiz is all about, right? Showing you where you need to improve. Keep ’em coming!

  19. David,

    Thanks for sharing. I’ve passed it on to all my friends. I think it’s good to see where you are concerning your knowledge of such things, long before you’re in a situation where you wish you had the information at hand.

  20. Texas Sheepdog says:

    The Quiz is great. Very stimulating! Like to see more on best foods to grow to stay healthy – prevent disease and why. Best guns for women, safe gun handling, gun safety rules. Many people buying guns don’t know basic gun safety rules. Keep it coming.

  21. Good test, I didn’t do so well. Surprised me.
    How about a test on bugging out, what you need in a bugout bag?
    How to survive bugging out on foot… shelter and such…even encountering wildlife. How to get home to the country if you work in the city in a civil breakdown.
    Maybe a quiz on medical emergency techniques.
    My goodness… you could make a quiz on each of the questions above…. water treatment, radiation, etc….. this could go on and on!
    I look forward to any you do….THANK YOU.

  22. I really enjoyed this quiz and would like to have more of them. I didn’t do to bad… got 85%, but as you say it does point out where I need more knowledge or to gather people with that knowledge into my group. Keep the quizzes comming :0)

  23. Major Dad says:

    Good quiz. Although I only got an 87 on it (I thought I’d do better – but was not aware of % of 1918 flu statistics and the ‘average” water user figures.) I’ve gone through the ‘no water’ thing twice – both times waking up in the AM finding that we had no running water due to pump malfunctions and ended up going days without it. I had a tough enough time just melting enough snow (I live in Alaska) to keep the toilet tanks filled with water (I saved my stored water for drinking and cooking). But since I don’t wash my car, water a garden or do clothes daily, those numbers didn’t calculate into my figures.

    But keep up the good work. I would like to see more stuff like this

    • Survival Diva says:

      Major Dad,

      The figures come from the EPA, although I’ve seen quotes higher: 134 gallons of water daily. I used the most conservative estimate.

      Here’s a direct breakdown from the EPA:

      Indoor Water Use in the United StatesAmericans use large quantities of water inside their homes. The average family of four can use 400 gallons of water every day, and, on average, approximately 70 percent of that water is used indoors.

      The bathroom is the largest consumer of indoor water. The toilet alone can use 27 percent of household water. Almost every activity or daily routine that happens in the home bathroom uses a large quantity of water.

      For example:

      •Older toilets use between 3.5 and 7 gallons of water per flush. However, WaterSense labeled toilets require 75 to 80 percent less water.
      •A leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water every day.
      •A bathroom faucet generally runs at 2 gallons of water per minute. By turning off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving, a person can save more than 200 gallons of water per month.
      Outside the bathroom, there are many opportunities to save water. Here are some common water efficiency measures, along with a few solutions to those problems you may not have known existed:

      •High-efficiency washing machines can conserve large amounts of water. Traditional models use between 27 and 54 gallons of water per load, but new, energy- and water-conserving models (front-loading or top-loading, non-agitator ones) use less than 27 gallons per load.
      •Washing the dishes with an open tap can use up to 20 gallons of water, but filling the sink or a bowl and closing the tap saves 10 of those gallons.
      •Keeping a pitcher of water in the refrigerator saves time and water instead of running the tap until it gets cold.
      •Not rinsing dishes prior to loading the dishwasher could save up to 10 gallons per load.

  24. Ignatius Hood says:

    95% and I still find it hard to believe the 100 gallons of water use a day.

  25. got 80%, yeah thought I’d do better. Yes would like to see more quizzes:
    Communications- Radio, ham, etc
    Bug out vehicles or transportation-what would be best
    Love your site and info you provide.

  26. Great stuff, I didn’t do so well. I’m not as prepared as I thot I was.

    • David Morris says:

      Don’t let a low score bother you…it should just emphasize the importance of preparing with other people with complimentary skillsets.

  27. Paul Metcalf says:

    I thought I would have done better, but now I know I need to start studying to show my self approved for prepping. My score of 57% is terrible.
    A lot of this is really common sense when you thing about it. I will do better next time and yes we need to have more of these and more often.
    Thanks a lot for the info.

    • Survival Diva says:


      Much of the prepping info we need to know isn’t easy to find. I looked for 6 months on how to preserve cheese without refrigeration. The sourdough starter was another that took months to unearth. Can be frustrating, but once we know, we won’t forget ( :

  28. Good quiz, even if I only got a 73%.. I’d like to see more of these. The day is coming when these kind of things will bite you in the rear if you don’t do your homework now.

  29. Darl Moore says:

    Enjoyed your quiz, I would definitely like to see more. Thanks

  30. Concerning the most toxic foods–the following two books would list wheat right up there:
    Trace Your Genes to Health, by Chris Reading, M.D.
    Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, by William Davis, M.D.

    Both authors make the claim that wheat (not the kind of wheat that was in use prior to the 1950s, but the modified kind today) is responsible for most of the health problems today, from arthritis to diabetes to schizophrenia and Alzheimers.

  31. Peggy is right – repetitive reinforcement with feedback is excellent for teaching. Keep ’em coming.

  32. Ok, I know our leaders are generally out of their minds, but I am now completely blown away by the fact that harvesting rain water is against the law. This may be the most insane thing I’ve ever read. The next thing I’ll see is that the air is a shared resource and breathing it is now illegal.

    We are in big, big trouble.

    • David Morris says:

      Yup…a guy in Medford, OR just started a 30 day prison sentence yesterday for harvesting rain water on his property.

    • Survival Diva says:

      Your statement “We’re in big, big trouble” nails it. There’s good news, though…they will be very busy when SHTF. They probably won’t be knocking on your door over a few water-collection barrels ( :

  33. Like Peggy, I enjoyed the test and look forward to more if possible. Even if you get a question wrong you come away with more knowledge once you find out the correct answer and the reasoning behind it.

  34. This was a good idea, Please have more

  35. Mr. Jaime Cancio says:

    I would like to see, relative to my area of Southern/Central California, what are the edible plants found in this area. Could you provide that information or could you direct me to where to locate that information.

    • Great Grey says:

      Jaime Cancio
      Will can’t help with any book. However I would look at your local bookstores in the field guides also look in the local books section, and the health food stores may have something. And your universities may have information.

    • Survival Diva says:


      Look up Las Pilitas, Incredible Edibles on the Internet. They Have a HUGE list of wild edible plants. Hope it helps.

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