English Culture Videos

"Food Storage"

Instructions: Watch this video and answer the questions. Then, read the script at the bottom of the page.

What is the name of the room used by some people to store food supplies in case of an emergency?

Well, I'm right now, I'm inside a fruit room, uh, some people in the United States have one of these rooms to store food and water in case of an emergency.

People should buy food that _____.

Well, number one, you should think about food that you're actually going to eat. You don't want to spend a lot of money on buying wheat if you don't like wheat.

Two other essential things you might need in an emergency situation are _____.

Number two, you have to think about how you're going to prepare the food. You should probably have a portable grill or stove that you can use to cook. And number three, you should think of a way or a system of purifying water, so that you can clean water at any time.

Online Investigations and Discussion Questions

If there were a major disaster (e.g., natural event like an earthquake or man-made problem), would you have enough food and water in your home or apartment to last you 3 days? What about a month? 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. 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.

Video Script

Hi, I'm Randall. Let me ask you: What would you do in case of an emergency where you didn't have access to clean water and food?

Well, I'm right now, I'm inside a fruit room, uh, some people in the United States have one of these rooms to store food and water in case of an emergency. And if you have such a room, what kind of food should you store?

Well, number one, you should think about food that you're actually going to eat. You don't want to spend a lot of money on buying wheat if you don't like wheat.

Number two, you have to think about how you're going to prepare the food. You should probably have a portable grill or stove that you can use to cook.

And number three, you should think of a way or a system of purifying water, so that you can clean water at any time.