1 Dear Educator, Thank you for opening the 2015 Hurricanes: Be Aware and Prepare Teacher Activity Packet! This is our 22nd year working with teachers and other educators in the Texas Gulf Coast area to engage students and their families about how being prepared in advance can save lives. We are pleased to present this information in a way we hope is both useful to you in the classroom, and interesting and informative to your students. The information and activities are targeted to 3rd and 4th grade students and, where possible, we have included references to pertinent areas of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards. Potential relevant classroom subjects include English language arts and reading, science, social studies, and technology applications. We ve also included two Spanish language pages this year. Each high quality, reproducible page is designed to either be used as part of the whole packet or as a standalone lesson. And this year we have two pages specifically for parents, to help them prevent loss of life and property during an emergency. Our sincere hope is that kids will engage with this potentially lifesaving information, take it back home and help it cascade into their communities. In addition to lessons and activities, we've sent along an overhead map transparency to be used in conjunction with the Hurricane Hunters page in the packet. Kids can follow along with you, plotting latitude and longitude to track the paths of three hurricanes from years past. Also this year, we're including a fun, hands-on "Make a Hurricane Hunter" airplane for kids to make. This goes along with our friendly Hurricane Hunter character who appears throughout the packet. Hurricane Hunters fly into hurricanes to learn more about them. They are brave and curious and seek to demystify what are often very scary storms. They also educate and inform in order to help save lives. We hope kids will see this character as an example for them to follow, as our themes are "Be aware and prepare!" and "Don't be scared - be prepared!" The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) was established in 1971 by the Texas Legislature to provide wind and hail coverage to applicants unable to obtain insurance in the private market. TWIA s primary purpose is to provide an adequate market for windstorm and hail insurance in the 14 Texas seacoast counties, plus Harris County east of highway 146. TWIA is a residual insurer of last resort and as such is not a direct competitor in the private market. On the back of this page we've included ways for you to tell us how we're doing. Please help us continue to make this packet useful to you and your community by sharing your feedback. We truly hope you find these materials purposeful and helpful, and we encourage you to explore the subject of hurricane awareness and preparedness individually, and as a community. This packet is provided as a public service and is for informational, and educational purposes only. TWIA has provided it to raise awareness about hurricanes and to help you and your students prepare to act if a hurricane is imminent in your area. TWIA makes no warrantees or guarantees regarding the information or advice contained in this packet. No single document can provide the best advice for all situations, and information in this packet is not intended to replace, nor should it be used to replace, guidance from your local government, and/or emergency response system. Sincerely yours, Texas Windstorm Insurance Association
2 Name our Hurricane Hunter! This year we re introducing our TWIA Hurricane Awareness spokeshero - the Hurricane Hunter! Hurricane Hunters fly into hurricanes to learn more about them. They are brave and curious and seek to demystify what are often very scary storms. They also educate and inform in order to help save lives. Our weather hero s mottos are Be aware and prepare! and Don t be scared - be prepared! But our spokeshero needs a name! Can your students help us pick one? Have your classroom brainstorm and select one name to submit to us at We will choose the winner on May 1, The winning entry will receive a real model of our Hurricane Hunter spokeshero, with its new name emblazoned on the side! HOW ARE WE DOING? At TWIA, we re always searching for the best ways to engage and inform about hurricane preparedness. And we want this packet to be as useful to you and your students as possible. We want to hear from you! Please send your feedback to Some feedback might include: Are there other schools and/or 3rd or 4th grade teachers who didn t receive this packet and should? What would be beneficial for us to include next year? Would more Spanish language/esl lessons be helpful? Thank you so much for your time!
3 HOW A HURRICANE FORMS TEKS Grade English Language Arts and Reading (b) 1. The hurricanes we see here in Texas get their start in the warm water and windy conditions off the western coast of Africa. The wind blows over the ocean, evaporating the water and turning it into vapor. The vapor then rises, cools and condenses into water droplets which form clouds. The cloud columns build higher and thunderstorms develop. A tropical disturbance is born. 2. Air at the top of the disturbance warms again, creating high pressure that pushes wind out and down to the surface. This causes low pressure at the surface, and the air rises again and creates more thunderstorm clouds. The air at the top cools and dries off, and then sinks down the center, like water going down a drain. Winds become more intense and begin to rotate in a circular motion. When they reach 25 mph, the disturbance becomes a tropical depression. 3. If the warm water of the ocean continues to feed the depression and wind speeds increase to 39 mph, the depression becomes a tropical storm. A distinctive eye in the center begins to form. It also gets a name from the World Meteorological Organization s annual list of names for tropical storms. 4. If the storm develops winds of at least 74 mph, it officially becomes a tropical cyclone, or hurricane. It can gain strength if it stays over warm water. But if it moves over land, it loses its energy source, and breaks apart. HURRICANE ANATOMY: CAN YOU IDENTIFY THE PARTS OF A HURRICANE? Moist Air Warm Ocean Eye: the area at the center of a hurricane around which strong winds rotate, but which itself is relatively calm. Eyewall: the area on the outside of the eye that produces the highest winds and most intense rainfall. Spiral rainbands: arm-like rings of thunderstorms that surround a hurricane, giving it a distinctive appearance.
4 CHILDREN OF THE STORM TEKS Grade English Language Arts and Reading (b) Have you heard of the two children who can change the weather? El Niño and La Niña! El Niño and La Niña events are periods of unusually high or low surface temperatures that happen in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean - the area off the western coasts of Ecuador and Peru in South America. Scientists believe El Niño and La Niña events are caused by global warming. El Niño means Little Boy or Christ Child in Spanish, and gets its name because it often occurs around Christmastime. El Niño is a warming of the surface temperature in the Pacific. In an El Niño pattern, there are typically fewer hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean because it causes stronger trade winds and greater stability in the atmosphere. pacific ocean More Hurricanes Warm, Wet El Niño Effect pacific ocean Less Hurricanes cool, dry Atlantic ocean less Hurricanes Atlantic ocean more Hurricanes La Niña means Little Girl in Spanish. La Niña causes a cooling of the surface temperature in the La Niña Effect Pacific and shows up only about half as much as El Niño. During a La Niña year, more hurricanes are likely in the Atlantic due to the weaker trade winds and instability in the atmosphere. Both events affect weather in the U.S. and around the world. In addition to affecting hurricane frequency, these hotter and cooler weather patterns can cause extreme weather conditions like floods and droughts. ACTIVITY: FILL IN THE BLANKS After you read the information above, fill in the blanks below with the correct answers. 1. Two weather events that can affect hurricanes are and. 2. La Niña is Spanish for. 3. During an El Niño year, ocean water in the Pacific is than normal. 4. Scientists believe is responsible for causing El Niño and La Niña events. 5. During a La Niña year, there are hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean. 6. El Niño and La Niña weather events can cause and in the United States and around the world.
5 THE CALM AFTER (AND BEFORE) THE STORM TEKS Grade 3, Science (b) (3) The eye of a hurricane sits inside the eyewall, as high winds and rain move around it in a circular motion. The average eye is miles in diameter. However, hurricane eyes can be as small as 2 miles in diameter or as large as 200 miles! Often bringing calm winds and clear skies, the eye can make you think the storm is over. But don t be fooled! There is more storm to come. Some of the strongest winds and heaviest rain can be found in the eyewall - the area that surrounds the eye. After the eye has passed, the winds will blow in the opposite direction from before. POWER SURGE A storm surge is the rising of water that comes with low pressure weather systems like hurricanes and is caused by heavy winds pushing ocean water to shore. During a hurricane, the sea can rise 15 feet or more - that s the average height of a one-story home! How much flooding occurs in an area depends on the storm tide: a combination of storm surge and the timing of the tide, how close the land is to sea level, and the size of the waves being generated by the hurricane. The greatest number of casualties during a hurricane comes from the storm surge. This is why it s so important to evacuate if authorities tell you to do so. ACTIVITY: HURRICANE IN A BOWL Determine which points in a hurricane are the strongest, and which are the weakest! Materials needed: 2-liter bowl A large spoon Paper clip 12-inches of string Water Fill the bowl with water, leaving 2-3 inches at the top. Attach the paper clip to the end of the string. Using the spoon, stir the water in a circular motion. While the water is spinning, dip the paper clip into the water at the edge of the bowl, in the center of the bowl, and in the area just outside the center. Re-stir the water between trials. Observe: At which point is the paper clip spinning fastest? At which point is the paper clip spinning slowest? Explanation: The most powerful part of tropical cyclones, or hurricanes, is the eyewall, where winds are the strongest. Hurricane in a bowl exercise taken from:
6 SURFING FOR HURRICANE FACTS TEKS Grade Technology Applications, (b) (3) When it comes to being safe, the more you know, the better! There are resources on the Internet that can teach you about hurricanes and how you can help your family be ready. Visit this website: and then answer the questions below. What does evacuation mean? During which months are hurricanes most common in Texas? While hurricanes can affect any state with a coastline, which states are most often affected by hurricanes? Name three things you can do before a hurricane hits to help to be prepared: List three things you can do during a hurricane to help to stay safe: Write three things you SHOULD NOT do after a hurricane:
7 WHAT S MY NAME? TROPICAL CYCLONES Social Studies, Grade 4 (b) (7) (C) A tropical cyclone is a rapidly-rotating storm system with a low-pressure center, strong winds, and thunderstorms that spiral out, and produce heavy rains. But around the world these storms are known by different names. Those that develop in the Atlantic and northeast Pacific Oceans (the ones we sometimes see in Texas) are called hurricanes. But in Asia they are known as typhoons, and in the South Pacific and Indian Oceans they are called cyclones. A long time ago, hurricanes were named randomly. Now there are six lists with 21 names each, and one is used every year. For example, the list used in 2010 will be used again in If a named storm does a lot of damage, that name is removed from the list and replaced with a new one that begins with the same letter. For instance, Katrina was removed from the list after that storm hit the U.S. coast in We've hidden some of the 2015 hurricane names in the word search below. Can you find them all? Be sure to look in every direction: forward, backward, and diagonal! Hurricane Hunter says good luck! ANA BILL DANNY ERIKA FRED HENRI IDA JOAQUIN KATE LARRY MINDY NICHOLAS ODETTE ROSE SAM VICTOR WANDA S N E F D Z W B Y W B H V Z V A A R D Q X Q I U G S I N H Q F E N I C H O L A S C D I N C D A M S Z K D L Z T J R R K X F N X O S W E U O H M I N D Y P A A J G Y T R I O G I E F U J W N K R Y T Y N N A D H C B B O A R I U E V R E Q P I C D O L A N D R E T A K J C J J E P L G Q D E E N H R A B F A F P H A A U A S D I D K M X S E R I T N P I Y O I S A M Y X Q C T D M L J N L R Y A B K J K I L Z G Q F Z W J Q E F W R L E X E H W H U M N T J E I A Q
8 HURRICANE CROSSWORD PUZZLE 2 1 Beware and Prepare ACROSS 2. The calm center of a hurricane 5. Don t be scared; be 7. Rising water and flooding causes a storm 8. Hurricanes in Asia 10. Plane that tracks hurricanes 11. When a depression becomes a storm it gets a 12. The start of hurricane season in the U.S. 12 DOWN 1. Hurricanes in the South Pacific and Indian Oceans 3. A has winds between 25 and 38 MPH 4. El Niño and La Niña can cause around the world 6. The first step in hurricane formation is called a tropical 9. The end of hurricane season in the U.S.
9 On average, six hurricanes will form in the Atlantic each year. Of those, some may reach the Texas Gulf Coast area. If a hurricane comes ashore, there can be storm surge flooding, wind damage, property destruction, and dangerous debris left over. But as all Hurricane Hunters know, the best way to be safe is to be prepared! Talk with your parents about creating a Family Communication Plan so everyone knows where to go and how to reach others. Fill out these cards and give one to each member of your family to make sure they know who to call and where to meet in case of an emergency: FOLD HERE FAMILY EMERGENCY PLAN EMERGENCY CONTACT NAME: TELEPHONE: OUT-OF-TOWN CONTACT NAME: TELEPHONE: NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING PLACE: TELEPHONE: OTHER IMPORTANT NUMBERS: ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT INFORMATION MAKE A LIST, CHECK IT TWICE Before a hurricane strikes, take these steps to be ready to evacuate if necessary: 1. Build an evacuation kit. Put these and other items in a waterproof container: Non-perishable food (like dried fruit or peanut butter), can opener First aid kit Flashlights with extra batteries Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, toilet paper Paper plates, plastic cups and utensils, paper towels Water for people and pets Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person Whistle to signal for help 2. Create a Family Communications Plan. Give everyone a copy to keep in their wallets or backpacks. 3. Prepare your house to prevent damage: Turn off gas and electricity Board-up windows Bring outside furniture inside
10 TAKING CARE OF OUR FURRY FAMILY MEMBERS Pets are part of our families and should never be left behind in a disaster. They rely on their human friends to take care of them! If you plan ahead, you can make sure they are just as safe as the rest of your family. Just like you, your pets will need some basics away from home: food, clean water, and a safe, comfortable place to rest. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with your phone number on it, or that they have been micro-chipped, so you can find them if they get lost. Use the checklist below to start building your pet s hurricane kit. PET SAFETY Always remember to be kind! Your furry friends may be nervous, and a pat on the head or reassuring voice could go a long way. BUILD YOUR OWN PET HURRICANE KIT (use a waterproof container): Animal first-aid kit A week s worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure it s still fresh) Disposable litter trays like aluminum roasting pans and litter or paper towels for cats Dishes for food and water Collar or harness and leash A week s supply of any medicine your pet requires A week s worth of bottled water A crate or carrier for each pet (large enough for them to turn around in) Blanket Sturdy toys to help alleviate stress Surge Stormy Some information on this page taken from: org/pet-care/disaster-preparedness
11 BE A HURRICANE HELPER! TEKS Grade English Language Arts and Reading, (b) (20) Imagine you live next door to Mrs. Wallace. She s a nice, older lady who lives in a house with her dog, Rex, and her cat, Mitsy. You ve been over to Mrs. Wallace s house many times before and she bakes your favorite cookies. You tell her you learned all about hurricane preparedness in school and she says she wouldn t know what to do if a hurricane was coming. She asks you to help her get ready. What would you tell Mrs. Wallace she needs to do? What steps would you tell her to take to get ready for hurricane season? Write your story below.
12 TEKS Grade Social Studies (b) (5) OUR HURRICANE HUNTER SPOKESHERO REPORTING FOR DUTY! Whenever a hurricane or typhoon threatens the United States or Caribbean islands, weather heroes called Hurricane Hunters take to the skies! Flying directly into and through the storm, their planes carry special equipment that can measure wind speed and barometric pressure. The information they gather helps meteorologists predict the strength and the path of these storms, which can save lives. YOU CAN BE A HURRICANE HUNTER! Plot the courses of these three hurricanes from the last five years: Arthur, Gonzalo, and Rita. Remember: always read latitude first, then longitude! 34 Austin UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Beaumont Houston Brownsville Galveston Corpus Christi New Orleans Gulf of Mexico Miami BAHAMAS W N S E Atlantic Ocean MEXICO Mexico City Havana CUBA JAMAICA HAITI Port-Au-Prince Kingston DOMINICAN REPUBLIC San Juan PUERTO RICO Santo Domingo Latitude Longitude Arthur Gonzalo Rita 32 Latitude, 78 Longitude 17 Latitude, 62 Longitude 21 Latitude, 70 Longitude 29 Latitude, 77 Longitude 18 Latitude, 63 Longitude 22 Latitude, 75 Longitude 28 Latitude, 78 Longitude 20 Latitude, 65 Longitude 23 Latitude, 81 Longitude 27 Latitude, 79 Longitude 22 Latitude, 67 Longitude 27 Latitude, 91 Longitude 30 Latitude, 79 Longitude 25 Latitude, 68 Longitude 32 Latitude, 94 Longitude 34 Latitude, 76 Longitude 27 Latitude, 67 Longitude 34 Latitude, 92 Longitude
13 CÓMO SE FORMA UN HURACÁN? 1. Los huracanes que vemos aquí en Texas tienen su inicio en el agua tibia y condiciones de viento en la costa occidental de África. Cuando el viento sopla sobre el océano, el agua se evapora y se convierte en vapor. El vapor se eleva, se enfría y se condensa en gotas de agua que forman las nubes. Las columnas de nubes se acumulan más altas y tormentas eléctricas se desarrollan. Asi nace una disturba tropical. 2. Aire en la parte superior de la disturba se calienta de nuevo, creando alta presión que empuja el viento fuera y hacia abajo a la superficie. Esto causa baja presión en la superficie, y el aire se levanta de nuevo y crea más nubes de tormenta. El aire en la parte superior se enfría y se seca, y luego se hunde en el centro, como el agua se va por el desagüe. Los vientos se vuelven más intensos y comienzan a girar en un movimiento circular. Cuando llegan a 25 mph, la disturba se convierte en una depresión tropical. 3. Si el agua caliente del océano sigue alimentando las velocidades de la depresión el viento aumenta a 39 mph, la depresión se convierte en una tormenta tropical. Un ojo distintivo en el centro comienza a formarse. También se le da un nombre de la lista anual de la Organización Meteorológica Mundial de nombres para las tormentas tropicales. 4. Si la tormenta desarrolla vientos de al menos 74 mph, se convierte oficialmente en un ciclón tropical o huracán. Puede aumentar fuerza si permanece sobre aguas cálidas. Pero si se mueve sobre la tierra, pierde su fuente de energía y se deshace. ANATOMÍA DE UN HURACÁN: PUEDES IDENTIFICAR LAS PARTES DE UN HURACÁN? aire húmedo océano cálido Ojo: la zona en el centro de un huracán en torno al cual giran los vientos fuertes, pero que en sí es relativamente tranquila. La pared del ojo: la zona en el exterior del ojo que produce los vientos más fuertes y las lluvias más intensas. Bandas de lluvia espirales: Anillos como brazos de tormentas eléctricas que rodean un huracán, lo que le da un aspecto distintivo.
14 LOS HIJOS DE LA TORMENTA Has oído hablar de los dos niños que pueden cambiar el clima? El Niño y La Niña! Los eventos de El Niño y La Niña son los períodos extraordinarios de altas o bajas de superficie que suceden en el Océano Pacífico central y oriental - la zona frente a las costas occidentales de Ecuador y Perú en Sur América. Los científicos creen que el fenómeno de El Niño y La Niña son causados por el calentamiento global. Oceano Pacifico Mas huracanes cálid0, húmedo Efecto El Niño menos huracanes oceano atlantico El Niño o " Niño Jesús " significa Little Boy en Ingles y recibe su nombre debido a que a menudo se produce alrededor de la Navidad. El Niño es un calentamiento de la temperatura de la superficie en el Pacífico. Durante un patrón de El Niño, normalmente hay un menor número de huracanes en el Océano Atlántico, ya que causa vientos alisios más fuertes y una mayor estabilidad en la atmósfera. La Niña significa Little Girl en Ingles. La Niña Efecta La Niña provoca un enfriamiento de la temperatura de la superficie en el Pacífico y se muestra sólo la mitad tanto como El Niño. Durante un año de La Niña, más huracanes son probables que en el Atlántico debido a los vientos alisios más débiles y la inestabilidad en la atmósfera que causa. Ambos eventos afectan el clima en los EE.UU. y en todo el mundo. Además de afectar a la frecuencia de huracanes, estos patrones climáticos más calientes y más fríos pueden causar condiciones climáticas extremas, como inundaciones y sequías. ACTIVIDAD: LLENE LOS ESPACIOS EN BLANCO Después de leer la información anterior, llene los espacios en blanco con las respuestas correctas. 1. Dos fenómenos meteorológicos que pueden afectar a los huracanes son y. 2. En Inglés, La Nina significa. 3. Durante un año de El Niño, la temperatura de el agua en el Oceano Pacífico es mas de lo normal. 4. Los científicos creen que es responsable de causar los fenómenos de El Niño y La Niña. Oceano Pacifico menos huracanes Fresco, seco 5. Durante un año de La Niña, hay huracanes en el Océano Atlántico. 6. Los fenómenos meteorológicos llamados El Niño y La Niña pueden causar y en los Estados Unidos y alrededor del mundo. Mas huracanes oceano atlantico
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17 PREPARE AT HOME COASTAL BUILDING CODES Homes, schools and other structures built in coastal areas where hurricanes are likely to hit should be built according to coastal building codes. These are rules enacted by state and local governments and are designed to save lives and reduce property damage. One example of how to build a structure according to these specialized codes is to use hurricane clips and anchor bolts. Hurricane clips (also known as wind clips or hurricane ties) keep the top of a building attached to its base. Anchor bolts are used to attach structures to concrete, like walls to their foundations. Following coastal building codes can help keep people safe and reduce the damage caused by hurricanes and other natural disasters. Contact your local city officials for more information. REDUCING PROPERTY DAMAGE BEFORE A STORM A little preparation can go a long way in the event of a hurricane or other windstorm. You can take these steps now to prevent damage to your home and even save lives. Cover all of your home s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8 exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. NOTE: Tape does not prevent windows from breaking. Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage. Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant. Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts. Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage. Bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down. Suggestions from COVER YOURSELF Be sure you have BOTH flood and windstorm insurance coverage. Did you know that flood insurance does not cover wind damage, and that windstorm insurance does not cover flood/ storm surge damage? Review your plan. If changes to your insurance coverage are needed, plan ahead and don t wait until the last minute. Most insurance companies cannot offer a windstorm policy when a storm appears in the Gulf of Mexico. Flood coverage requires a 30-day waiting period before it becomes effective after you purchase it.
18 BUILD YOUR OWN DISASTER KIT 3-day supply of non-perishable food (dried fruit, canned tuna fish, peanut butter, etc.) Can opener Paper plates, plastic cups and utensils, paper towels Water at least a gallon per person, per day for drinking and hygiene First aid kit Prescription medication and glasses Matches in a waterproof container Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and other personal items Feminine hygiene supplies Fire extinguisher Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio and extra batteries Flashlights and extra batteries Cell phone with charger, extra battery and solar charger Local maps Cash or traveler s checks Pet supplies, pet food and extra water for your pet A full list can be found at: PET SAFETY Pets should never be left behind during a disaster evacuation. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, FEMA passed the 2006 PETS Act, which requires state and local emergency preparedness operational plans take into account the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals before, during and after a disaster. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recommends keeping an Evac- Pack and supplies handy for your pets. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is. This kit should be clearly labeled and easy to carry. Items to consider keeping in or near your pack include: Pet first-aid kit and guide book (ask your vet what to include, or visit the ASPCA Store to buy one online) 3-7 days worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months) Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect) Litter or paper toweling Liquid dish soap and disinfectant Disposable garbage bags for clean-up Pet feeding dishes Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit otherwise they may go bad or become useless.) Bottled water, at least 7 days worth for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months) A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet Flashlight Blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet) Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make Lost posters) Especially for cats: Pillowcase or EvackSack, toys, scoopable litter Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys and chew toys, a week s worth of cage liner. Information on this page taken from: PREPARE AND SURVIVE Here are some additional things you can do ahead of time to ensure you and your family will be okay, whether you evacuate or shelter in place. Let your kids help and they ll feel like part of the team! Fill your car with gas Fill plastic bags with water and place them in the freezer Get extra cash out of the bank Fill prescriptions Build a large hurricane kit for home and a smaller, portable one in case you must evacuate Check on your elderly or infirm neighbors