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Resources for Educators and Schools
Earthquakes
  • Conduct a schoolwide "Earthquake Awareness Night." Invite families to the event to learn more about earthquake safety.
  • Create a disaster supplies kit for your classroom.
  • Discuss the school's disaster plan with students.
  • Have the class practice what to do in case they are in school when an earthquake occurs.
  • Use the Home Hazard Hunt and Practicing Safety activities as homework assignments.
  • Conduct a hazard hunt in the classroom.
  • Have older students develop a presentation on disaster safety and present it to younger students.
  • Invite someone from your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter to your class to discuss earthquake safety.
Floods/Flash Floods
  • Conduct a schoolwide "Flood/Flash Flood Awareness Night." Invite families to the event to learn more about flood safety.
  • Create a disaster supplies kit for your classroom.
  • Discuss the school's disaster plan with students.
  • Have the students discuss what to do in case they are in school when a flash flood develops.
  • Have older students develop a presentation on disaster safety and present it to younger students.
  • Invite someone from your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter to your class to discuss flood and flash flood safety.
Hurricanes
  • Conduct a schoolwide "Hurricane Awareness Night." Invite families to the event to learn more about hurricane safety.
  • Create a disaster supplies kit for your classroom.
  • Discuss the school's disaster plan with students.
  • Have older students develop a presentation on disaster safety and present it to younger students.
  • Invite someone from your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter to your class to discuss hurricane safety.
Tornadoes
  • Conduct a schoolwide "Tornado Awareness Night." Invite families to the event to learn more about tornado safety.
  • Create a disaster supplies kit for your classroom.
  • Discuss the school's disaster plan with students.
  • Have the students practice what to do in case they are in school when a tornado forms.
  • Use the Safe Place activity as a homework assignment.
  • Conduct the Tornado in a Bottle activity in the classroom.
  • Have older students develop a presentation on disaster safety and present it to younger students.
  • Invite someone from your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter to your class to discuss tornado safety.
Winter Storms/Blizzards
  • Conduct a schoolwide "Winter Storm Awareness Night." Invite families to the event to learn more about winter storm and blizzard safety.
  • Create a disaster supplies kit for your classroom.
  • Discuss the school's disaster plan with students.
  • Have older students develop a presentation on disaster safety and present it to younger students.
  • Invite someone from your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter to your class to discuss winter storm safety.
  • Have students create brochures on winter storm health issues such as hypothermia, frostbite, and carbon monoxide poisoning
Additional Resources
  • NOAA Weather Radio
    A NOAA Weather Radio is a radio that receives continuous broadcasts from the National Weather Service. These broadcasts bring updated weather warnings and forecasts 24 hours a day. The average range of a NOAA Weather Radio is 40 miles. NOAA radios can be purchased in many retail stores that sell electronics and from some mail order catalogs.
  • More Information
    More information about natural disaster preparedness and safety can be obtained from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website.

 

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