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Tips for preparing for a natural disaster
Being disaster-ready includes preparing your family and home for potential emergencies that could occur in your area.
Weather warnings now issue from your pocket
Keith Stammer, director of emergency management in Joplin, Mo., suggests people have back-up systems for their back-up systems when it comes to weather warnings. The layers of alerts should include mobile apps and text alerts that indicate when storms are approaching, he says.
Everybody talks about the weather, but it's not easy to predict
Large temperature variations from year to year have significant implications, most obviously for farmers and gardeners but also for utility companies estimating energy use, city managers budgeting for snow and sports teams worrying about scheduling. Are we getting any better at predicting the weather weeks or months in advance?
Are the world's great cities ready for rising waters and freak storms?
The list of metropoles threatened by rising seas and freak storms is alarmingly long, if (from a U.S. viewpoint) reassuringly international.
High school students not getting enough sleep
Adolescents may have a reputation for sleeping excessively, but a new study shows that nearly none of America’s high school students receives adequate sleep – a potentially dangerous trend.
Basic precautions can prevent germ-fest when school begins
New shoes, new friends, new germs. It's a rite of passage from summer to fall that your kids have to fight every year. The back-to-school sniffles affect seemingly every child, as little mouths, hands and noses provide excellent breeding grounds and points of exchange. Since the children can't be trusted to look after their own hygiene, it's up to you, parents, to do it for them.
Back-to-school spending grows as parents restock, replenish
With more children entering elementary and middle school this fall and after cutting back their spending last year, parents with growing kids will hit the stores to replace and replenish what their children might have had to “make-do” with last school season.
As kids return to school, find ways to restore order at home
From bedrooms that resemble combat zones to dining rooms turned into impromptu playgrounds, the kids sure have made a mess of things over the summer. But their return to school is an opportunity to reclaim your home, plus add a few new décor touches for restoring the house -- and your lifestyle -- to sanity.
Simple tips for helping kids choose after-school snacks
Stopping at a convenience store on the way home or hanging out with friends, a child, the after-school eating machine, probably isn’t making the most healthful choices.
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