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MASON CITY, IA – Storm safety is the focus for the day and now a national group is working to bring the message home for the young residents of Mason City.
“Chasing4Life” is an organization normally focused on teaching the basics of storm safety to all ages, but today, the focus is on the youth.
Organizers say with programs like these, it’s a chance to make storm safety fun.
With the hopes of bringing their attention to the important and life saving techniques.
“This program is so important because this is where we stop half the problems. If we can get these kids to just not go outside when a tornado siren goes off, that’s the start. If we can get them to start preparing at home, they go home and tell mom and dad they need a three-day home disaster kit. If we can get those things going, more education, less response,” said Eddy Weiss, Founder and Director of Chasing4Life.
Eddy also mentions that responsibility for what the children learn lies on the parents once they get home.
It’s their job to help make safety a priority.
“Over the course of the years we’ve seen hundreds and hundreds of kindergarten aged kids save their families lives when a tornado siren goes off. By literally saying no, at that library program, we learned to take cover,” said Weiss.
Chasing4Life’s educators present hundreds of programs nationwide each year on subjects ranging from tornado safety to environmental issues and climate change.