Friday, October 26, 2012

Teachable Moment: Hurricane Sandy

Reported Friday am

If Sandy Becomes 'Frankenstorm,' It Could Be Worst In A Century

 "We're not trying to hype it," National Weather Service meterologist Paul Kocin tells Bloomberg News. "What we're seeing in some of our models is a storm at an intensity that we have not seen in this part of the country in the past century." 

 Please, don't try to play in the storm: no surfing, no boogie boarding, no skim boarding. Water is powerful and treacherous. Anyone who's carried a couple gallons of milk knows its heavy. Anyone who's just slipped in a puddle knows it can knock you off your feet. A hurricane is a tornado type storm with millions of gallons of water moving everything. Don't let that be you slammed into a building or flushed down a drainage pipe. I won't tell you any tragic stories, but they happen and could be avoided. Be prepared. Its a great job for a middle schooler to keep the emergency supplies, etc., updated. There's so much less apprehension when we plan ahead for any emergency.

What is a hurricane?

  1. hur·ri·cane/ˈhəriˌkān/

    1. A storm with a violent wind, in particular a tropical cyclone in the Caribbean.
    2. A wind of force 12 on the Beaufort scale (equal to or exceeding 64 knots or 74 mph).

    storm - tornado - gale - tempest - typhoon - whirlwind

    What is a hurricane?
     Severe Weather and Natural Disaster

    We lived in Okinawa (military family) and the panhandle of Florida--went through more hurricanes then we could count. Our palm trees were always totally sideways. We sometimes went through the eye.

    Hurricane Lesson Plans and Coloring Pages for Teachers 


    Teaching Children About Tropical Storms and Hurricane Irene 


    Hurricane Preparedness - Be Ready 


    View from space of a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico
    Inspire others to act by being an example yourself, Pledge to Prepare & tell others about it!
    Pledge to Prepare
    Get Hurricane Sandy updates at the National Hurricane Center

    Kids and their families may want to help others even if they themselves are not affected by the storm. This is one group that helps folks in disasters.

    Convoy of Hope

    Hurricane Sandy Response Update
    Friday, October 26, 2012 11:00 a.m. CDT
    As Hurricane Sandy heads toward the Eastern seaboard of the U.S., we’re hoping the storm doesn’t cause significant damage, as some forecasters have warned. Convoy of Hope’s Global Disaster Response team is closely monitoring the storm. In the event that Sandy does hit the U.S. next week, Convoy of Hope is prepared to respond where necessary. Updates can be found here as warranted.
    - Convoy of Hope Global Disaster Response Team


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