OCRHC Pilots Interactive Extreme Weather Safety Station for Children
June 8-September 1, 2013
An interactive learning station teaching children how to stay safe from dangerous weather will be piloted at the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando, Fla this summer. “Kids Get a Plan” targets children in grades first through fifth and brings to life a series of 2004 “Kids Get a Plan” books.
Developed jointly by IDEAS Orlando and the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the station’s interactive monitors allow children to explore new games and learn how to keep themselves safe from lightning, severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, and dry weather fire hazards. Florida holds the record in the nation for the highest amount of deaths by lightning strikes, is ranked third in average tornado frequency, and experiences the second highest number of wildfires, making weather safety education vital.
As a pilot partner, the History Center and its visitors will help fine-tune the experience, while additional books and games are added to the station throughout the summer. “Kids Get a Plan” will travel throughout the state beginning in the fall of 2013. Visit thehistorycenter.org/exhibitions/current for more information.