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Students Learn to Prepare for Hurricanes

By Rhonda Miller | Published 19 May 2011 03:22pm | comments
Students at the Boys and Girls Club in Biloxi play a new game, Battlestorm, that teaches hurricane preparedness. One team is the the Town, the other team is the Storm.

The 2011 hurricane season is expected to be an active one. MPB’s Rhonda Miller reports some students who lived through Katrina are learning how to prepare.

At the Boys and Girls Club in Biloxi, 12-year-old T’Ziah Woods remembers when Hurricane Katrina struck her home.

"The house was still in the same spot, it's just everything was moved around. Some branches were inside the house, pictures were on the floor," she said.

Alicia Tarrant is program director for the East Biloxi Boys and Girls Club. She says Katrina devastated this neighborhood, and the memories are still pretty fresh for these students.

"A lot of them lost their homes. Many of them had to wait it out in the attic, maybe even a tree, hanging on. Others evacuated and weren't able to come back for a very long time," Tarrant said.

The Boys and Girls Club has lots of activities to teach the students how to prepare for a hurricane. Thirteen-year-old Maurice Williams says he knows how to pack a disaster kit.

"At least a gallon of water for each person. Dried uncooked foods like Ramen Noodles or bags of potato chips. Clothes, well, lots of clothes," Maurice said.

Hurricane season starts June first. Gerry Bell is the lead hurricane forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Bell said it's expected to be a busy hurricane season.

"The outlook calls for another above normal hurricane season this year," Bell said. "We expect 12 to 18 named storms, of which six to 10 are expected to become hurricanes, and of those, we think three to six could become major hurricanes."

Most of the students at the Boys and Girls Club have been through a major hurricane. Now they're older and learning to prepare. They'll be bringing those lessons home, to make sure their families are prepared, too.

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Students at the Boys and Girls Club in Biloxi play a new game, Battlestorm, that teaches hurricane preparedness. One team is the the Town, the other team is the Storm.


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