How Does the Weather Impact Me?

Contributor: Hannah Brooks. Lesson ID: 12438

Normally, being prepared for weather might just mean getting an umbrella or putting on sunscreen. What if something more severe and dangerous comes along? Learn how to plan for emergencies!


Earth Science

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Intermediate (3-5)
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Quick Query

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  • Do you and your family need an emergency weather plan?

Although we hope you never need to use one, having one could save your life! You never know what's coming!

Family emergency weather plans may vary based on where you live.

Some families worry more about tornadoes, while others focus on winter weather like blizzards. No matter where you live, your family should have a plan for when severe weather occurs.

If you missed, or want a refresher on the previous lesson in our Weather series, find it under Related Lessons in the right-hand sidebar.

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  • What is severe weather?

Severe weather is any weather event that can cause damage to property or human life. Severe weather events include strong thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, and blizzards.

Watch the short video* on severe weather, and use the following graphic organizer to keep track of what you learn. Copy to a sheet of paper and use the questions or statements in the left column to decide what important facts to write in the right-hand column.

You may want to revisit questions throughout the video, so just keep adding your thoughts!

How is severe weather different from weather?  
Describe a tornado:  
Define a blizzard:  
What are hurricanes or typhoons?  
When do floods occur?  
How do droughts harm organisms?  
What are some ways that severe weather impacts living organisms?  


*Use Severe Weather: Crash Course Kids #28.2 to complete the organizer:

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Another type of severe weather that can occur in colder regions is a blizzard.


Blizzards are defined as high-wind storms accompanied by large accumulations of snow during a short time. This combination makes for poor visibility, meaning it becomes difficult to see, especially when driving.

People are generally warned to stay inside because they can become confused and lost during a blizzard! You may not have experienced this kind of severe weather near your home, but many people in the Northeast have emergency plans for blizzard weather events.

  • What types of severe weather events do you have near your home?
  • How might this impact the development of a family emergency plan?

Write a three-sentence description of the severe weather you experience most often.

  • Based on that, what might be some important pieces of information to include in your family emergency plan?

In the Got It? section, you will learn more about specific types of severe weather by researching your local area.

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