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Learning about hurricanes

Since your family might be stuck in a house or shelter while waiting for a hurricane to pass…we collected some info about the science and history of hurricanes. Add comments with your favorite resources.

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Hurricane Quiz:

  • Who names Hurricanes?
  • How is Hurricane strength measured?
  • What year was a hurricane barrier built in Providence, RI?
  • How big are hurricanes?
  • Where did the name hurricane come from?
  • What are other names for hurricanes around the world?
  • Where and how do hurricanes start?
  • How do you know when a hurricane is coming?
  • What makes a hurricane weaken and stop?

General Resources:
General Info
Earth Science
Saffir-Simpson Scale
Hurricane Names
Preparedness Week info
Hurricane Guide (PDF)

Images from space:
NASAtelevision View from International Space Station
NOAA Visualizations
Irene animation

Current Storm Tracking
National Weather Service
National Hurricane Center
Central Pacific Hurricane Center
National Climatic Data Center
NOAA Coastal Services Center
google earth
google maps
Weather Underground

Historical Storm Information
Watch PBS Online: Hurricane of ’38 
Hurricane Barrier
Atlantic hurricane lists

Atlantic Hurricane Tracks

Don’t forget to prepare early!

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  • 10 Tips from Sesame Street for dealing with disasters.

    See original document
    and full site: http://tinyurl.com/3wq9rfj

    SAFE & SOUND: Tips for Parents and Caregiver

    Hurricanes, storms, and any stressful events can be particularly
    difficult for young children who may not fully understand what’s going
    on around them. These tips can help them feel safe, cope with emotions,
    and understand that there is hope for the future.

    Give Children the Facts
    Children might still be confused about what
    exactly a hurricane is. Explain that it is a big storm with a lot of
    wind and heavy rain. It can be scary, but adults will do their best to
    keep children safe.

    Comfort Your Children
    Try to calm your own fears first, since children
    take your cues. Answer questions honestly and age appropriately, in
    simple words. Reassure them that what happened is not their fault, and
    that you love them and will take care of them. Hugs help, too!

    Listen and Talk to Your Children
    Follow your children’s lead. They may
    not want to talk about their emotions and experiences right away. If
    they prefer not to talk, play with them and spend time doing what they
    like to do. If they express sadness, anger, or fear, tell them it’s okay
    to feel this way, and encourage them to continue sharing their feelings
    with words or pictures.

    Try to Keep a Normal Routine
    As much as possible, try to keep a daily
    routine. To help children feel calm and safe, encourage them to engage
    in favorite activities.

    Spend Time With Your Children
    Simply smiling, laughing, and playing
    together can also help children feel safe. Encourage them to do things
    that can help them express their emotions, such as writing a story or
    drawing a picture.

    Pay Attention to Signs of Stress
    Nightmares, bed-wetting, aggression,
    inattentiveness, and clinging behavior are common among children who
    have experienced a crisis. If you notice such signs, please talk to a
    health care provider, teacher, school counselor, or mental health

    Monitor Children’s TV Viewing
    Don’t allow children to watch repeated
    images of the hurricane, its damage, and other violent events. Young
    children might think that it’s happening repeatedly, in real time.

    Empower Your Children
    If your children have been directly affected by
    the hurricane, you can give them simple chores and responsibilities to
    help them maintain a sense of control. Praise their efforts—building
    self-confidence is important when joining a new community. If children
    have been indirectly affected, encourage them to show compassion and
    help others.

    Take Care of Yourself
    You’re more helpful to your children when you’ve
    attended to your own physical and emotional needs. Build a support
    system through relatives, friends, faith leaders, or counselors. Stay
    active, get enough rest, eat healthfully, and do things you enjoy.

    Inspire a Sense of Hope
    Explain that while many things may have changed,
    there are people and places we can always “hold in our hearts.” Explain
    that no matter what has happened, you still have each other to build a
    better future.