LINCOLN, Neb. -- Hourly television reports with maps boldly tracking the weather's movements and scary NOAA radio warnings?especially during stormy periods like Nebraskans went through recently-are all things that get kids interested in the weather.
When children are exposed to so much information and may have been in difficult weather themselves, understanding what is being reported can be important for them. Resources for kids that make learning about climate fun are found on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website www.fema.gov/kids.
Nebraska's kids may already know they live in a section of the country known as "Tornado Alley." The FEMA site has a page featuring the stories of children who had a tornado experience. Parents and teachers will find the stories and graphics help educate their child or class about tornadoes and the earth's climate in non-threatening ways.
The site presents many subjects that will fascinate kids. For example:
- The meaning of weather terms like "watch", "warning" and "flashflood".
- What to do if they hear a flood or tornado warning;
- A tornado video;
- Weather wise activities for school projects;
- Putting together a disaster kit;
- Preparing for pets during a disaster;
- Weather quizzes and games.
As children get involved in projects on the FEMA for Kids weather site and tell their friends, instead of being frightened by it, climate may become a cool topic for today's kids. ?
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.