ERIC Number: ED361146
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Tornadoes: Nature's Most Violent Storms. A Preparedness Guide Including Safety Information for Schools.
American National Red Cross, Washington, DC.; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC), Rockville, MD.; Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC.
This preparedness guide explains and describes tornadoes, and includes safety information for schools. A tornado is defined as a violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. The guide explains the cause of tornadoes, provides diagrams of how they form, describes variations of tornadoes, and classifies tornadoes by strength. Maps and statistics are given for several outbreaks across the United States. The guide shows how weather radar provides information on developing storms. Maps and charts reveal the frequency of tornadoes and number of deaths caused by tornadoes in each state. The public can stay informed about storms by listening to weather radio or other media. Environmental clues are a dark, often greenish sky, a wall cloud, large hail, or a loud roar. Dangers that often accompany thunderstorms are flash floods, lightning, damaging winds, and large hail. Suggestions are given for safety before and during a tornado. Every school should develop a severe weather action plan and have frequent drills. Hospitals, nursing homes, and other institutions should develop a similar plan. A family disaster plan involves the following steps: (1) gather information about hazards; (2) meet with your family to create a plan; (3) implement your plan; and (4) practice and maintain your plan. Contains numerous photographs. (KS)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American National Red Cross, Washington, DC.; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC), Rockville, MD.; Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC.