Understanding Hurricane Katrina: Tips for Travelers to Stay Safe During Natural Disasters

A big storm called Hurricane Katrina happened in the United States in 2005. The storm brought heavy rain and strong winds, and it caused a lot of damage to many buildings and homes. Many people were not prepared for the storm and did not know what to do.

It is important to know the weather patterns in the place where you are traveling. This will help you to prepare for any potential natural disasters, such as hurricanes or severe weather. It is also important to have a plan in case of an emergency, like knowing where to go and what to do.


  • Storm: a strong wind with rain, snow, or hail
  • Hurricane: a type of storm that is very large and powerful, with very strong winds and heavy rain
  • Damage: harm or injury that is caused to something or someone
  • Prepared: to be ready for something that might happen
  • Potential: something that could happen in the future
  • Natural disasters: a natural event such as a flood, earthquake, or hurricane that causes great damage or loss of life
  • Severe: very serious and dangerous

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About The Story

  1. What was the name of the storm that caused a lot of damage in the United States in 2005?
  2. What did the storm bring with it?
  3. Were people prepared for the storm?
  4. Why is it important to know the weather patterns of the place you are traveling to?
  5. What should you do in case of an emergency?
  6. Who should you follow the guidance of in case of an emergency?

About You

  1. Have you ever experienced a natural disaster like a hurricane or a tornado?
  2. What do you usually do to prepare for severe weather or natural disasters?
  3. Have you ever had to evacuate your home because of a natural disaster?
  4. What kind of damage can a hurricane or severe weather cause?
  5. Do you know what to do in case of an emergency like a natural disaster?
  6. Have you ever had to seek shelter during a storm or severe weather?
  7. What kind of items should you have in your emergency kit in case of a natural disaster?
  8. Have you ever volunteered to help with disaster relief efforts?
  9. What kind of warning systems are in place in your area to alert people of potential natural disasters?
  10. Do you think people should be required to have emergency plans in place for natural disasters?
  11. Have you ever witnessed the aftermath of a natural disaster?
  12. How important do you think it is to be informed about the potential natural disasters in the area you are traveling to?


  1. “a real doozy” – An expression used to describe something extraordinary, remarkable, or impressive.
  2. “to be ready for anything” – To be prepared and equipped to handle any situation or circumstance.
  3. “when things get rough” – Referring to difficult or challenging times.
  4. “to stay informed” – To keep oneself updated and knowledgeable about a particular topic or situation.
  5. “to come your way” – To encounter or experience something, often referring to unexpected events or circumstances.
  6. “to have an emergency plan in place” – To have a predetermined strategy or set of actions to follow in case of an emergency.