AHEAD OF STORMY WEEKEND, METEOROLOGISTS VISIT SCHOOLS TO INCREASE WEATHER DAY LITERACY

With the potential threat for severe weather Saturday, it is important to be prepared for the conditions.

Officials often use maps as a form of warning residents when a severe weather threat is in their area. However, many people may not know where their home is located on the map.

Laura Myers, the Director of the Center for Advanced Public Safety at The University of Alabama, said teaching kids how to use the map is a great way to keep families safe and informed in the instance of severe weather.

“The broadcast meteorologists are actually going into the schools and educating the students on that information so it’s really successful to do that,” Myers said. “And the kids, you know, they see it as kind of a, you know, binary thing. It’s like, ‘Oh, it’s red. That’s bad.’ And so, you know, they know how to get the attention of their family and they know what they’re supposed to do.”

Officials also say it is important to have several different ways to receive weather alerts as only having one form may not be reliable.

Stay up-to-date with the potential severe weather on Saturday by watching WVUA 23 News and checking our website.

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