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The Ultimate Panic Room Quiz
by Staff
What is a panic room for? If you're familiar with the dangers of hurricane, home invasion, nuclear war or domestic violence, you won't be surprised to learn that panic rooms are increasingly seen as "safe points," allowing occupants time to take stock and call the emergency services. Don't panic, but take this quiz to learn more about panic rooms.

What is another name for panic room?

  • panic closet
  • emergency room
  • safe room

What is a panic room made of?

  • weather-resistant material
  • reinforced sheet rock
  • super-strength P.V.C.

What does a panic room contain?

  • padded walls in case you feel claustrophobic
  • calming wall hangings
  • provisions and gas masks

Are panic rooms designed to protect against hurricanes or tornadoes?

  • Yes, this is their sole purpose.
  • No, only terrorist attacks and home invasions.
  • Yes, as well as terrorist attacks and home invasions.

What else, aside from people, can you keep safe in a panic room?

  • expensive items or rare collections
  • your pets
  • medicines

What is the recommended location for the construction of a panic room?

  • the top floor
  • the ground floor
  • the second floor

If panic rooms are supposed to hide their occupants, what is one of their best defenses?

  • a smoke screen
  • an invisible entrance
  • a false bottom

What sort of locks are common for panic room doors?

  • Mortise locks
  • deadbolt locks
  • electromagnetic locks

Why would you want to soundproof the panic room?

  • to keep you calm by not having to hear the howling hurricane winds
  • to ensure that the neighbors won't be alarmed by your shouting
  • to keep your communication with the outside, secret from intruders

A lot of panic rooms have their own generators. What should you be aware of regarding them?

  • that you have to have adequate ventilation
  • that it might cost you a lot
  • that you needn't go with this option

What is the recommended water supply for a panic room?

  • one gallon (3.78 liters) per person per day
  • three gallons (11.35 liters) per person per day
  • four gallons (15.14 liters) per person per day

When constructing your home, it is a good idea to plan a panic room into the design. If so, what should you have the architect sign?

  • a waiver
  • a confidentiality agreement
  • a power of attorney

What is the cost of building a panic room?

  • between $30,000 and $300,000
  • between $50,000 and $500,000
  • between $70,000 and $700,000

If you're not particularly wealthy, what options do you have for building a panic room?

  • You can ditch the idea altogether.
  • You can shop around for a good price.
  • You can convert a closet or windowless extra room into a panic room.

It seems that almost every new mansion in _____ has a panic room.

  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco
  • Dearborn

What historical incident prompted more and more middle-income families to invest in panic rooms?

  • the Tate murders (1969)
  • the Twin Towers attack (2001)
  • the allied invasion of Iraq (2003)

For what purpose do British authorities sometimes recommend installing a panic room?

  • as an alternative to temporary housing for domestic violence victims
  • as a safeguard against ransom kidnappings
  • as a measure against biological warfare

Ancient Egypt had safe rooms within the pyramids to protect the pharaohs' treasures. During what period in later history were safe rooms used to protect living people?

  • during the period of the Napoleonic wars
  • during the period of the Vikings
  • during the period of feudal lords and castles

In the United States in the 1920s, what did they use hidden rooms for?

  • to hide against invading Red Indians
  • to stash Prohibition-banned liquor
  • to conceal slaves

What were the first safe rooms for weather protection?

  • storm cellars
  • chicken coops
  • underground bunkers