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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 04/24/2009

Making Severe Weather Less Scary for Kids

Wx and the City

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Thunder, lightning, tornadoes and other kinds of severe weather can put adults on edge... and can be downright scary for kids. A better understanding of the science behind severe weather and how to prepare for it, though, can help kids feel safe and calm their fears.

Ready Classroom, a new educational Web site from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Ad Council and Discovery Education, is geared toward teachers, students and families. It explains the science of hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and other natural hazards through lesson plans, videos, games, puzzles, recommendations and even a page on pet preparedness. Content is broken down by grade level for grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

Keep reading for more about the Ready Classroom Web site...

Ready Classroom also helps schools, families and children prepare for severe weather by giving them three simple steps: 1) Get an emergency supply kit; 2) Make a family emergency plan; and 3) Be informed about the types of emergencies that can happen in your area and how to respond.

The home page features an interactive map of the United States that displays types of severe weather in each state. According to the map, our region's severe weather conditions include floods, hurricanes, thunderstorms, tornadoes, winter storms and extreme cold and heat...nearly everything in Mother Nature's bag of tricks!

This week, Maryland held its 24th Annual Severe Storms Awareness Conference and West Virginia observed its Severe Weather Awareness Week.

'Tis the season to be aware and prepare.

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