To cut down on your child’s anxiety, not to mention the cries of “I’m bored,” we’ve compiled a list of things to prepare them for a hurricane and to keep them entertained.
Tell your children that a hurricane is a giant, rainy windstorm that requires a lot of preparation and precaution.
The more children know about the storm and safety procedures, the more confident they will be. But keep it simple; detailed information is useless if children can’t digest it.
Younger children may have trouble understanding the idea of a hurricane. Talk to them instead about its effects and that it could leave them without electricity.
Using a map, help older children name the states and cities where hurricanes are likely to strike. Have them mark where you live in the hurricane zone.
Ask children, whatever their age, to make a list of what they do during a typical day. Explain to them that those activities might change if a hurricane hits: School might close; they may not get to play outside; they may have to eat different foods.
Involve kids in preparations
It’s important for children to feel they are a part of the preparations. Allow children to help plan and pack safety kits, help check hurricane shutters and make preparations for their pets.
Children should be reminded of their hurricane lessons throughout the year; a crash course in hurricanes only hours before one arrives may cause them to panic.