May 21, 2015: Project: Tornado has wrapped up for another year, as we visited our last school today. While this year’s round of presentations is over, our message about severe weather preparedness isn’t! We’ll get to that in one second.
First, a special thanks goes out to all of the teachers, principals, and administrators that invited us to visit your school and students! We had a great time talking to all of the eager and enthusiastic children in the Stateline we got to meet within the last 4 weeks.
Overall, 4,176 students were taught about severe weather safety and tornadoes. Each student went home with a Project: Tornado book, so our hope is that for each student that reads and shares that book with their loved one, we reach many more thousands of people about the importance of weather awareness and safety.
Severe weather season is not over yet, so make sure you are always taking the proper steps to be aware and safe during severe weather, even though we haven’t had any since the April 9 tornado outbreak. This is the same message we shared with all of the students:
– have multiple ways to get weather alerts, such as the TV, radio, text message alerts, a weather app, and a weather radio. You can sign up for text alerts at www.wrex.com/weather, download our 13 Weather Authority app for free for your smartphone, and we will hold several more weather radio events to program a radio for you.
– know where to go and what to do when severe weather strikes. If you hear thunder, go indoors immediately. In the event of a severe thunderstorm, get inside and stay away from the windows. Know where to go in your house, work place, etc. if a tornado threatens. You may only have minutes to act, so have a plan in place now.
– be weather aware: stay in-tune with the weather forecast, know when severe weather may threaten, and plan accordingly. If you see rapidly changing weather, it would be best to head indoors and check with 13 WREX for updates.
Thanks again to all of the schools we visited this year! Look for sign-up for next year’s Project: Tornado sometime in March 2016.
This post was written by Alex Kirchner on May 21, 2015