Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tornado Safety

Recent weather events across the South are a painful reminder to us all that we live each day with the uncertainties of weather around us. Springtime storms can spawn tornadoes or straight winds that wreak havoc over large areas cutting off power, water and immediate access to medical/governmental/commercial services. Knowing the best actions to take in protecting yourself during a tornado and being prepared for possible periods of time after a disaster without basic services at hand can make a big difference in riding out the storms of spring and summer.

Below are links to information on tornado safety and disaster preparedness with a couple informative resources for children.

Tornadoes: Nature's Most Violent Storms
(National Weather Service)

Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Lightning: Nature's Most Violent Storms
(16 page booklet from the National Weather Service)

Tornado Safety / by Roger Edwards
(U.S. Storm Prediction Center, Norman, Oklahoma)

Tornado Safety Rules
(KSN TV news)

Family Preparedness Plan
Disaster Supply Kit
(From the Weather Channel. Help protect your family against potential weather disasters and emergency situations by compiling an emergency supply kit)

How to Assemble a Disaster Preparedness Kit
(A short video from FEMA on putting together a kit for families)

Editorial: Take cover, not footage
(An editorial from The Topeka Capital-Journal on the need for putting safety before videoing oncoming twisters)

Weather Safety DVDs
(The National Weather Service in Wichita will provide safety videos for free in a DVD format if you live in the state of Kansas. Just fill out the form below to select which DVD you would like mailed to you)

Wichita Weather Talk Request Page
(When available meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Wichita will come to your function to provide a weather safety talk free of charge. Please fill out the form below to request a talk)

Weather Education
(Information for children, teens and young adults. Materials range from coloring books, puzzles and games, to lesson plans, brochures, satellite images, and career information for weather related fields, such as meteorology, hydrology and climatology)

Playtime for Kids: Tornadoes
(Information for children on tornadoes)

Tornado in a Box Display
(The Tornado in a box was constructed to be a visual aid for, WFO Wichita KS, public weather training programs)

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