The Ultimate Fallout Shelter Quiz
by Staff
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
  • Richard Nixon

As of March 2008, approximately how many nuclear warheads did Russia have for every one that the United States had?

  • one
  • two
  • four

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
  • a 50-mile

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?

  • alpha particles
  • beta particles
  • gamma rays

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?

  • Protection Factor
  • Post-Fallout
  • Prepared Food

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), what is the minimum PF that a room requires to be designated a fallout shelter?

  • five
  • 15
  • 40

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?

  • two days
  • two weeks
  • two months

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?

  • metal poles
  • earth
  • waterproof tarps and plastic sheets