Would You Have Survived? Take The Quiz To Find Out!

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Should you run or hide? Perhaps the question should be: Would you run or hide? When a natural disaster strikes, our instinct often dictates our actions. Would your first reaction be the right one to save you from a tsunami, a bear attack or a sandstorm? Test your intuition and learn experts’ recommendations on how to react and protect yourself in case of different natural disasters.

20. Earthquake

What would you do if the ground suddenly started aggressively shaking under your feet:

A) Drop, cover and hold on

B) If you are in a building, run down the stairs as fast as possible and go lie down in the street

C) Hold on to a tree, a lamp pole or any other tall and strong structure

Your chances of surviving would dramatically increase if you picked: A)

Drop to the floor, get on all fours, cover your head with your arms and hide under any sturdy furniture or in a doorway. Wait for the earthquake to pass.

19. Volcano

What would you do if you were near a volcano eruption: 

A) Evacuate if advised to do so and avoid downwind and downstream areas

B) Enter the closest body of water and cover your mouth and nose

C) Make a sandbag barricade around your home

Your chances of surviving would dramatically increase if you picked: A)

Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done in the event of a volcano eruption. The best—and only—option is to evacuate your home if necessary and take shelter in a safe space opposite from the wind and lava stream direction. You might also want to look into renting an apartment until you can evaluate and repair the damage to your real estate.

18. Square waves

What would you do if you were cruising the ocean and the rare phenomenon known as “crossed sea” formed under your eyes:

A) Position yourself in the middle of a square and wait until it dissipates

B) Get as far out sea as possible in a straight line until you can no longer see squares

C) Get out of the water immediately

Your chances of surviving would dramatically increase if you picked: C)

Although very rare, crossed seas can be quite perilous for anyone in the ocean, from sailors to swimmers. The square waves are formed by extremely strong underwater currents which can lead to shipwrecks and drowning. If you ever find yourself in the water when this phenomenon takes place, get out immediately.

17. Tornado

What would you do if a tornado was coming your way:

A) Get in your vehicle and drive as fast as you can

B) Lie on the ground as flat as you can

C) Take shelter, cover and surround your body with blankets and furniture

Your chances of surviving would dramatically increase if you picked: C)

No matter what, do not try to outrun a tornado in your car. If such a natural disaster was coming your way, you should go somewhere safe and surround yourself with different objects while protecting your head with your arms. In there is no such place anywhere near, do the same in your car or outside. You should also stay informed through specialized radio channels about special emergency alerts and instructions.

16. Shark attack

What would you do if you were swimming in the ocean and come face to face with a shark:

A) Scream and splash around

B) Pretend to be dead

C) Maintain eye contact and slowly swim backwards

Your chances of surviving would dramatically increase if you picked: C)

We know it’s more easily said than done, but if you find yourself in a position where a shark starts circling around you in the water, try not to panic. Movements will only pique its interest. Neither should you turn your back to it as sharks like to sneak up on their prey. Finally, if the shark attacks, fight back as much as you can.

15. Bear attack

What would you do if you came face to face with a bear:

A) Play dead

B) Do not run, turn your back and walk away slowly

C) Run in a zigzag pattern

Your chances of surviving would dramatically increase if you picked: A)

Yes, common knowledge is true. If a bear ever attacks you, lie on your stomach or in a fetal position and pretend to be dead. Chances are he will no longer feel threatened and will lose interest. Do not turn your back to it nor run.

14. Thunderstorm

What would you do if you found yourself in the middle of a thunderstorm:

A) Hide in a wooden barn.

B) Hide in the car.

C) Hide under a tree.

Your chances of surviving would dramatically increase if you picked: B)

During a thunderstorm, if you find yourself outside with no real buildings around, you should take shelter in a car and stay away from empty fields, anything elevated, metal, lone structures as well as unprotected ones.

13. Wildfire

What would you do if your home was under a wildfire’s warning:

A) Purchase masks and be ready contact authorities for rescue

B) Build a water trench and cover your mouth and nose

C) Evacuate as fast as possible

Your chances of surviving would dramatically increase if you picked: C)

In the case of a wildfire warning, do not sit back and cross your fingers that your house will be spared. Do not hesitate and evacuate as soon as officials advise residents to leave their home, keep informed for further instructions and hope for the best.

12. Blizzard

What would you do if when on a snowshoe hike and got caught in a blizzard:

A) Build a snow shelter to protect yourself from the wind.

B) Dig a hole in the snow large enough for you to fit in.

C) Eat snow to stay hydrated.

Your chances of surviving would dramatically increase if you picked: B)

If you do not have access to any building where you can dry and warm up, building a snow shelter might protect you from the wind, but it can also make you invisible to rescue helicopters. Digging a hole in the snow will have the same effect while also preserving your warmth. While you do have to stay hydrated, eating snow is highly discouraged because your body will be wasting warmth to make it melt in your mouth. Make sure to drink it once it is melted.

11. Avalanche

What would you do if you got caught in an avalanche:

A) “Swim” to the top and spit to create breathing space

B) Keep a hand in the air for rescuers to see you and don’t move in order to spare your oxygen

C) Do not try to keep your calm, panicking will help you dig yourself out quicker

Your chances of surviving would dramatically increase if you picked: A)

Keeping your calm is key if you ever get caught in an avalanche. Panicking will increase your need for oxygen. Try to keep an arm on top of your head as the snow hits you and waste no time digging around and trying to “swim” to the top. Once the snow has settled, if you can’t use your hands, spit to carve out as much breathing space as possible.

10. Hurricane

What would you do if a hurricane was coming your way:

A) Take shelter indoors and keep an eye out the window to remain informed on developments

B) Evacuate if advised or barricade your windows and doors if you decide to stay at home anyway

C) Hide in the basement and keep an ear on the radio

Your chances of surviving would dramatically increase if you picked: B)

There are many ways to prepare your home in case of a hurricane alert, but if authorities advise inhabitants of your area to evacuate, you should comply. If evacuation is not required, retreat in a safe space such as a closet, a bathroom or the basement. Stay away from windows and pray that your home insurance is still in effect.

9. Tsunami

What would you do if you were on the beach when a tsunami hit:

A) Get as far inland and as high as possible. Find a safe place and listen to officials

B) Not run. Stay where you are and wait for the authorities’ instructions

C) Jump in the water and hold on to the best floating object you can find

Your chances of surviving would dramatically increase if you picked: A)

If a tsunami approaches, you should get away from the hazard zone as fast as possible and retire in a safe place that’s as high and as far inland as possible. Only then should you wait for official instructions. If you are already in the sea when the tsunami hits, try to get out the water. If you can’t manage to do so, grab on to the nearest floating object and try to protect your head.

8. Snake attack

What would you do if you were bitten by a snake: 

A) Stay calm, let the bite bleed and call the emergency services

B) Make a tourniquet to prevent the venom from spreading in your entire body

C) Suck and spit out the venom

Your chances of surviving would dramatically increase if you picked: A)

Despite common knowledge, sucking out the venom will only allow it to be absorbed through your mouth. A tourniquet is not a good option either as it will concentrate the venom in the affected area making it more likely for you to lose a limb. The best option is to remain calm, let the bite bleed, try to identify the snake, call the emergency line and follow the medical specialists’ advice.

7. Water flood

What would you do if you got caught in a flood:

A) Seek shelter an attic or a windowless room so the water can’t come in

B) Seek refuge over a bridge

C) Climb to the highest level of the building you are in

Your chances of surviving would dramatically increase if you picked: C)

Do not hide in a room without any exit. The water will find a way in anyway and you risk behind stuck which increases your chances of drowning. If you find yourself in a large building, such as a retirement home, seek refuge in the highest level. Bridges must be avoided as they can easily be swiped off by fast waters.

6. Landslide

What would you do if were victim of a landslide:

A) Seek refuge in a low-lying area

B) Run uphill

C) Don’t go to sleep if there are chances of a landslide, stay awake and keep an eye out for approaching debris flow

Your chances of surviving would dramatically increase if you picked: B)

Once you can see a debris flow, it is already too late. Evacuate if there are any landslide warnings and stay away from low-lying areas. If you even find yourself in the middle of a landslide, run uphill as fast as possible.

5. Sandstorm

What would you do if you found yourself in the middle of a sandstorm:

A) Cover your mouth nose and eyes and lie down if there is no shelter around

B) Run in the direction of the wind while covering your face with your hands

C) Dig a hole and take shelter in it

Your chances of surviving would dramatically increase if you picked: A)

Of course the first and best option id to take shelter inside a building or a car. If you are driving and see a sandstorm coming your way, you can also try to outrun it. If, however, you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, the best option is to lie down on the ground covering your mouth, nose and eyes with any piece of clothing and wait for the storm to pass.

4. Cyclone

What would you do if a cyclone was coming your way:

A) Disconnect all appliances and take shelter in an interior room

B) Wait until the wind calms down and check for damage around the house before using appliances

C) If in the car, try to outrun it by driving as fast as you can in the opposite directing

Your chances of surviving would dramatically increase if you picked: B)

Beware of the eye of the cyclone. Do not go outside as soon as the winds calm down. Listen to the radio and do not move before authorities give the green light. Take shelter in a safe room away from windows and disconnect all appliances. If you are in the car, stop in an area clear of dangerous objects, put the handbrake on, lock the doors and wait.

3. Rockslide

What would you do if a rockslide happened near you:

A) Hide behind a large boulder

B) Grab a large rock to use as a shield and push away other rocks

C) Run as fast as you can in the opposite direction

Your chances of surviving would dramatically increase if you picked: A)

You might not be able to outrun a rockslide. Instead, take shelter behind the closest large boulder. Don’t try to grab a rock to use as a shield… Unless you have good health insurance.

2. High tide in a tight space

What would you do if you were caught in a tight space, such as a cave, when the high tide hit:

A) Get as high as you can and wait for low tide

B) Do not panic to save oxygen and drink the seawater to remain hydrated

C) Take a big breath and swim as fast as you can underwater

 

Your chances of surviving would dramatically increase if you picked: A)

Do not panic, stay calm and find the highest point where water will not reach so you can breathe. Do not drink seawater because the salt will dehydrate you. Wait until low tide.

1. Heat wave

What would you do to make it through a heat wave:

A) Take a cold bath before bed

B) Drink cold beverages such as a cold beer or cold brew coffee

C) Drink hot beverages or eat spicy foods

Your chances of surviving would dramatically increase if you picked: A)

One of the most important things when facing a heatwave is staying hydrated. Alcohol and caffeine are diuretics and therefore not a good choice of beverage. Hot beverages, however, can have a cooling effect, as heat in the mouth triggers sweating with, in its turn evacuates body heat when it evaporates. Spicy foods will have a similar effect. Meanwhile, a cold shower might feel good in the moment, but chances are your body will readjust its temperature to fight the cold and you will feel warmer in the long run.