Knowing how to survive outdoors and on your own is a lost art. I love learning about survival techniques and how to be prepared. Are you prepared for an outdoor emergency? Do you know your survival skills? Take this survival quiz to find out!
1. True or False? If you are involved in a wilderness emergency, you are more likely to suffer from hypothermia than any other problem.
Being exposed to cold air, rain/snow, and wind can easily cause hypothermia. One sure sign of it is uncontrolled shivering.
2. True or False? Most cases of hypothermia happen between 0 and 20 degrees.
Most cases of hypothermia occur between 30 and 50 degrees. At this temperature range, a person is less likely to know that they are cold and won’t do anything about it until it’s too late.
3. True or False? You lose more body heat while you are wet.
Whether it be rain, snow, or sweat, water conducts heat 240 times faster than still air. Your body heat is taken away incredibly quickly, making you cold, really fast.
4. True or False? You are in the desert without any water. Cutting down a cactus will provide you some much needed water.
Cacti do store a lot of moisture but they protect it well with spikes and a thick surface. Even if you have a knife long enough to cut all the way through to the wet pulp, the water that you might squeeze out will taste bitter. It’s also likely to cause vomiting which will lead to further dehydration.
5. You haven’t eaten anything for days. You come across a deer that’s eating berries off of a bush. You figure it’s safe to eat the berries since the deer is eating them. Are you correct?
Animals have different digestive organs and enzymes within their bodies. What’s safe for them to eat isn’t necessarily safe for humans. (and vice versa)
6. True or False? If you find yourself is a survival situation with inadequate clothing, stuff your clothes with anything dry you can find.
Stuff a map, newspaper, pine needles, or any other dry material to help insulate you from the cold.
7. True or False? A person can survive a week without water.
Humans can only survive 3 to 5 days without water, depending on the climate/temperature. We can go 3-5 weeks without food.
8. True or False? A series of three signals is the universal sign of distress.
For example: three large signal fires; three X’s in an open field; three whistle blasts; or three flags. All should bring rescue if spotted or heard.
9. True or False? You will be more likely to survive your emergency if you have a positive mental attitude.
Staying positive is detrimental to your survival. Stay calm, think things through, and stay positive.
10. True or False? The most important part of any first aid is checking for CCC – color, circulation, and coolness.
The most important assessment in first aid are the ABC’s – checking for Airway, Breathing, and Circulation.
A: Check that their airway is clear.
B: Is the victim breathing?
C: Check for a pulse.
Get certified in CPR and first aid from the Red Cross to be prepared.
How did you do? Let me know if you have any other survival tips!
(If you want more information, check out Wilderness Survival by Suzanne Swedo. I used this book as a reference for this quiz.)