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IS-394.A: Protecting Your Home or Small Business From Disaster

1. What should you do with your washer and dryer to protect them from flooding? A. Elevate them at least 5 feet above the floor

B. Move them to another part of the basement

C. Insert a rug or wood underneath the appliance

D. Elevate them at least 1 foot above the projected flood level

2. To prevent water from entering your home, what protective measure should you install if you have a floor drain? A. Float plugs

B. Sump pump

C. Flood wall

D. Covering with wood

3. Sources of local government information about hazards affecting your area include: A. Building and zoning officials.

B. Planning department.

C. Floodplain manager.

D. All of the above.

4. To protect windows from wind damage, which measure is recommended? A. Buy or make storm shutters

B. Leave windows open

C. Cover windows with plastic

D. Use sliding bolts

5. To ensure a garage door is strong enough to resist hurricane-force winds, this measure would be required. A. Reinforce with nails

B. Install horizontal bracing

C. Board up the door

D. Remove the door

6. A nonstructural measure you can take before a hurricane is predicted to hit your area is: A. Secure the foundation to the walls of your home.

B. Construct a safe room below ground level.

C. Bring in outdoor furniture and other personal property kept outdoors.

D. Install plywood shutters to protect windows.

7. The ___________ should be secured with sheet metal straps and angle bracing to protect against an earthquake. A. Chimney

B. Wall

C. Double doors

D. Windows

8. Retrofitting measures to protect against water damage include: A. Elevating utilities and service equipment.

B. Bracing foundations.

C. Obtaining adequate flood insurance.

D. Securing doors and windows.

9. One hazard that can be predicted days in advance is a: A. Tsunami.

B. Hurricane.

C. Earthquake.

D. Wildfire.

10. The most common type of disaster in the United States is: A. Flooding.

B. Wildfires.

C. Hurricanes.

D. Tornadoes.

11. The most common type of wildfire is a surface fire, which generally is started by: A. Downed power lines.

B. Lightning.

C. Hot, dry conditions.

D. People.

12. A measure that can be used to create a safety zone around a home or business to protect against wildfire is: A. Do not connect wooden fencing directly to your home.

B. Move outdoor furniture indoors.

C. Cover windows with heavy drapes.

D. Turn off gas supply lines.

13. Structures that are especially susceptible to wind damage are: A. Steel-frame buildings.

B. Buildings with roofs secured with hurricane straps.

C. Brick structures.

D. Manufactured homes.

14. Earthquakes occur most frequently: A. In the Upper Midwest.

B. At the New Madrid fault in Missouri.

C. West of the Rocky Mountains.

D. East of the Rocky Mountains.

15. To reduce earthquake damage in homes with a perimeter foundation, you should make sure this is securely bolted to the foundation. A. Fuel tanks

B. Furniture

C. The sill plate

D. Garage doors

16. Which protective measure is used for propane and heating oil tanks to protect against flooding? A. Draining

B. Anchoring

C. Moving to higher ground

D. Placing barriers around them

17. An example of a fire-resistant roofing material is: A. Tile roofing.

B. Asphalt shingles.

C. Tar-sealed roofing.

D. Wood shakes.

18. Install hurricane straps to this structure to protect your home or small business from high winds. A. Window

B. Door

C. Roof

D. Floor

19. The cripple wall can be protected in an earthquake with the following measure. A. Brace with horizontal blocking

B. Install hurricane straps

C. Install shutters

D. Secure to the floor

20. An example of a structural measure to protect against damage is to: A. Move heavy objects away from seating areas.

B. Move important documents to an upper floor.

C. Clear flammable vegetation to create a safety zone.

D. Elevate a building in a flood-prone area.

21. What structures would be protected against wind damage by securing them with sliding bolts? A. Windows

B. Furniture

C. Double-entry doors

D. Decks

22. To find the projected flood level for your home or place of business, you should consult: A. Satellite photos of your community.

B. A flood map of your community.

C. United States Geological Service (USGS) quadrangle maps of your community.

D. Neighbors who are familiar with your community's flooding history.

23. A nonstructural measure to avoid earthquake damage is: A. Fastening water heaters.

B. Elevating the structure.

C. Securing chimneys with metal straps.

D. Bracing cripple walls.

24. Hazards reviewed in detail in the course include: A. Flooding, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and wildfires.

B. Landslides, hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.

C. Flooding, earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis, and wildfires.

D. Landslides, earthquakes, wildfires, and hurricanes.

25. Installing backflow valves is a measure used for which item below? A. toilet bowl

B. drain pipe

C. sewer system

D. flood insurance

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