When severe weather threatens the national weather

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certain times of the year. When severe weather threatens, the National Weather Service (NWS) uses the media to issue watches and warnings. A watch means that the weather conditions are right for a specific weather event to occur. A warning means that severe weather has been sighted and is heading toward your area. Severe weather Identify a natural disaster that is common in your region of the country, and make a list of safety precautions that you should follow during such an emergency. 725 Lesson 4 Weather Emergencies and Natural Disasters
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What Would You Do? Apply the five goal-setting steps to Dean and Tara’s situation. 1. Identify a specific goal and write it down. 2. List the steps you will take to reach your goal. 3. Identify potential problems and ways to get help and support from others. 4. Set up checkpoints to evaluate your progress. 5. Reward yourself when you have achieved your goal. Goal Setting: Preparing an Emergency Survival Kit Dean and his sister Tara are watching the news about a recent flood in a nearby town. “I’m glad that’s not us!” exclaims Tara. “I’d hate to have our house full of mud. It would ruin my CDs.” “That would be the least of our worries,” Dean says. “It wouldn’t be safe to drink water from the tap. We wouldn’t have food, lights, or a place to sleep.” Tara replies, “I hadn’t thought about that. I don’t even know Mom’s work number without looking it up. Do you?” Tara asks. “We aren’t very prepared, are we? I think we need to put together a survival kit for emergencies,” Dean says. Emergency Survival Preparation Discuss with your family where to go during an emergency, where to meet if family members get separated, and whom to contact if help is needed. Prepare an a group of items that can be used for a short time until an emergency situation has stabilized. Here are some supplies to collect before disaster strikes: Water and food. Plan on 1 gallon of water per person per day. Store canned and ready-to-eat foods, and a can opener. Phone, radio, lighting, and blankets. A charged cell phone is helpful when phone service is disrupted. Keep a battery-operated radio, flashlights, and extra batteries for each on hand. Blankets can be used for both warmth and shelter. Other supplies. Items such as medications and money may need to be added to your kit at the last minute. emergency survival kit 726 Chapter 27 Injury Prevention and Safe Behaviors
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727 Lesson 4 Weather Emergencies and Natural Disasters Hurricanes A is a powerful storm that originates at sea, characterized by winds of at least 74 miles per hour, heavy rains, flooding, and sometimes tornadoes. Hurricanes strike mainly on the eastern and southern coasts of the United States and usually occur from June through November, with the peak months being August and September. The NWS tracks hurricanes and issues warnings when they are approaching. If a hurricane watch is issued, secure your property. Bring in items from outside that may blow away in strong winds, such as lawn furni- ture, children’s toys, bicycles, and trash cans. Board up windows
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