Worst case scenarios are tough for many people to think about, but fallout shelters are exactly that. Despite the end of the Cold War, the threat of nuclear war remains real. How much protection can a fallout shelter actually provide, and how can you build your own? Find out for yourself by taking this quiz.
What event is considered to mark the end of the Cold War era?
the break up of the Soviet Union
South Korea's push for nuclear weapons
U.S. decision to sign a nuclear disarmament treaty
Under which president did the U.S. Congress provide $100 million to build fallout shelters for public use?
John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
As of March 2008, approximately how many nuclear warheads did Russia have for every one that the United States had?
How large an area would be completely decimated by the explosion of a one-megaton hydrogen bomb?
a 2-mile radius
a 10-mile radius
About how much pressure would be exerted upon a structure near ground zero in a one-megaton hydrogen bomb explosion?
15 pounds per square inch
50 pounds per square inch
100 pounds per square inch
Which of these radiation types that could be part of nuclear radiation is the most dangerous?
When are beta particles highly dangerous to humans?
when they are inhaled or consumed
when they are generated from a nuclear explosion
when they are fused with alpha particles
What forms the infamous mushroom clouds that are visible following a nuclear explosion?
particles of earth from the spot of the explosion
substances that were already in the air, fused by heat
the material that made up the bomb itself
What does PF stand for, in relation to fallout shelters?
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), what is the minimum PF that a room requires to be designated a fallout shelter?
What does the universal sign for a fallout shelter look like?
three inverted triangles in a circle
wavy vertical lines above a triangle pointing up
a black and yellow circle, split into thirds
How many people must public fallout shelters in the U.S. be able to accommodate?
at least 10
at least 25
at least 50
How long is it recommended to stay in a fallout shelter following a nuclear attack?
What supplies does FEMA recommend you stock your fallout shelter with for a two-week stay?
3.5 gallons of drinking water per person
5,000 calories worth of non-perishable food per person
25 candles and a battery-powered radio
What is the primary means of protection in a pole-covered trench fallout shelter?