Prepared for Pam

ENVIRONMENT When Cyclone Pam ripped across the tiny South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, there were fears its monstrous winds could kill thousands. But as aid workers finally reached the archipelago’s hard-hit outer islands, it appeared that residents’ careful planning had spared the lives of most. (Associated Press) Use our activity to prepare for extreme natural events in your own community. Teachers, scroll down for … Continue reading Prepared for Pam

Improving Tornado Forecasts

ENVIRONMENT Tornadoes left at least 17 people dead across much of the U.S. the past week. The devastation is a reminder that forecasting still needs to get better, says a leading government scientist. (National Geographic News) Learn more about preparing for tornadoes and other natural hazards. Click to enlarge and print this handy emergency-kit checklist, from the good folks at FEMA. Discussion Ideas Read through … Continue reading Improving Tornado Forecasts

Heartbeat Detector May Save Lives After Disasters

TECHNOLOGY Researchers have developed a device the size of a small carry-on bag that uses microwaves to detect human heartbeats in piles of rubble, which can bury people following natural hazards such as earthquakes. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to understand how technology can help save lives. Discussion Ideas Watch the video of our Emerging Explorer Patrick Meier, a “crisis mapper” who helps create … Continue reading Heartbeat Detector May Save Lives After Disasters

Remembering 9/11

UNITED STATES Twelve years ago, the U.S. suffered the most devastating terrorist attack in our nation’s history. The coordinated suicide attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people. (National Geographic Channel) Use our resources to understand “Survivors’ Stories.” Discussion Ideas Read our article “Survivors’ Stories,” and watch some of the videos … Continue reading Remembering 9/11