This activity can be used in class, at a club meeting, or as a booth activity in a community fair or expo.
Flooding is a problem in all parts of Louisiana. This activity may be particularly useful when students have witnessed a flood, but it well be fund and leave useful impressions even if they have NOT had that experience.
Preschool and elementary students will discover through hands-on play that it’s hard to keep water on one side of a barrier, but having the floor of the house off the ground almost always keeps it dry. Middle and high schools students will reach similar conclusions, through experimentation and more deliberate attempts to make leak-proof barriers. Having completed the exercise, older youth will be equipped to offer the activity to students in lower grades.
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The 2015 4-H A-Team, with members from eleven parishes, developed a plan to keep floodwater out of the Grant-Walker amphitheater.
Louisiana 4-H'ers are finding their voice in making their communities safer from disaster. Through four special projects over three years they had fun leaning to protect themselves, their families and their communities from floods and high winds.
Learn more about the state and parish A-Team projects
* The "A" in A-Team is for "Adaptation", which is another word for "mitigation".
This guide introduces students to the types of flooding, the effects of flooding and methods of preventing flood damage. The activity includes using the LSU AgCenter FloodMaps portal service to make site-specific flood zone determinations by looking up addresses or simply clicking on the map. Familiarity with the FloodMaps portal provides a skill that can be used to serve the community residents and local floodplain officials in floodplain and flood insurance education.
The Guide also serves as background for youth leaders and teachers interested in the Flood Fighter Challenge table-top activity.
LSU AgCenter 4-H Publication 3401 Get the PDF
This guide introduces students to the types of high-wind events hazards, the effects of high winds on homes, and methods of preventing wind damage. The activity includes using the Windspeed and Elevation service to determine ground elevation and wind-resistance design requirement of the Louisiana building codes by looking up addresses or simply clicking on the map.
LSU AgCenter Publication 3400 Get the PDF
Jefferson Davis 4-H A-Team planned a wind and rain proofing project for the school board building during a one-week summer camp.
The LSU AgCenter is introducing hazard mitigation planning as an opportunity in the 4-H Youth Development program.
Vermilion Parish formed the first A-Team. This is the story of what they learned, the mitigation project they proposed, and some of their accomplishments and adventures.
St. John the Baptist Freshman Success Academy designs safe rooom for pairish emergency operations center.
St. John 4-H A-Team
Photos from Vermilion 4-H Youth Mitigation project.
In this table-top, hands-on activity children will become aware of the importance of elevation to prevent flood damage.