Be on the Safeside
The American Red Cross recommends that all families develop a weather emergency plan that includes the following:
Decide where to go if at home, school, work, outdoors, or in a car when a flood, severe thunderstorm, or tornado warning is issued.
Update these plans every school year, and as places of employment and residence change.
Include in your disaster plan what to do with your pets.
Disaster Supply Kit
Have a weather disaster kit containing water, non-perishable food, a flashlight and radio with extra batteries, a first aid kit, important documents, medical needs, tools and sanitation supplies. Be sure everyone in the family knows where your family disaster supply kit is located.
Designate a friend or relative outside your town or area as your family contact in the event you are separated from family members during a flood, hurricane, or tornado.
Agree upon a place where the family members can meet if separated.
(Source: American Red Cross)
Weather Ideas for elementary students:
1. Tell about a time when you were in a thunderstorm. What did you see and hear?
2. Talk about the dangers of lightning, and draw a picture about what to do in a thunderstorm. Write or talk about a "thunderstorm safety rule" for the picture.
3. Make up a play about a thunderstorm. Have different children act out the parts of a cumulonimbus cloud, a lightning bolt, the sound of thunder, a raindrop, a hailstone, a tornado, and a person doing the safe thing in the storm.
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