General Listening Quiz

“72-Hour Emergency Kit”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult emergency kits man – woman 03:57

Pre-Listening Exercise

Do you have any emergency supplies or even a 72-hour emergency kit in your house or at your apartment you can use in case of a natural disaster? If so, what are they? What things are most needed in such an emergency to get you by for at least least three days?


in a pickle” = a difficult situation
You’ll find yourself in a real pickle if you don’t have enough water during an emergency.”

hang loose” = relax or stay calm
Tell the people to hang loose until help arrives.”

wacky” = silly or foolish
My brother had the wacky idea of packing twenty bottles of ketchup in his emergency kit instead of water.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The man didn't mention a _____ as an emergency.

Tim: Well, you never know; you have to be prepared. Hey, if earthquakes don't get you, it could be a flood, hurricane, snowstorm, power outage, fire, alien attack. [Alien attack!] Well, you never know.

What point is mentioned about water?

Tim: Well, you should have enough food and water to last you three days, and you might want to pack a basic water filter or water purification tablets in case your only water source turns out to be a murky pool of bug-infested water. [Ugh!]

What is an important point about food in emergency kits?

Hey, sometimes you don't have a choice, and as for food, you should keep it simple: food that requires no preparation and that doesn't spoil. And no canned goods because they are often too heavy and bulky.

According to the woman, her image of an emergency shelter is a place ______.

Lisa: That doesn't sound very fun . . . everyone packed together like sardines in a can. Unsanitary conditions. Disease.

People with small children should ____.

Tim: You're exactly right, so a little extra preparation for them is needed. If you have to evacuate to a shelter to wait out a disaster, kids soon will be bored out of their minds, so you have to pack small card games, paper, or something like pencils or crayons to draw with.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

What are some ways that people can become more prepared in your local area, both individually and as communities? Can you think of a time in your life when you wished that you had been more prepared either a minor or major emergency? What was the situation and in what ways where you prepared or unprepared for it?

Online Investigation

Most people don’t think about emergencies until it is too late. Let’s suppose you have decided to pack a 72-hour kit. Make a list of the top 10 things you would pack in the kit and be prepared to explain your reasons for choosing each one. Would each of these items be easy to find at local stores in your area, or would you have to special order them online? Now, use the Internet and compare specific products or emergency kits by two different companies in terms of the necessity/desirability of each item (“Do I really need this?” or “Would I really enjoy eating this?”), it quality, and finally its price.