Like us, children like to know what is happening. If our children, especially those of school age, can understand what is going to happen when we are preparing for a storm, they will be less anxious if they actually have to see us jump into motion.
So in today’s episode we are going to discuss what to do during and after a storm.
During a Hurricane
It will be important to answer any questions your children have as they may be a little on edge. Your children’s reaction depends a great deal on their temperament. Some children will not even flinch at a sign of bad weather, but others will become worried. Children are often looking at their parents in order to know how to react; therefore staying calm is likely to help keep your children calm.
During the storm you will want to listen to media broadcasts during updates, but be sure to keep an eye on your children. The constant replaying of the same information and images can be overwhelming for children, so you will want to keep this in mind.
If power does go out, you are going to want to make sure that you unplug electronics and appliances to reduce the power surge when electricity is restored.
Be sure that your children understand the importance of staying inside, away from any windows.
Expect that your children may need to be engaged. If they are scared, playing games may be a great way to take their mind off of the storm.
After a storm:
I am sure after the storm you will feel a huge sense of release. Prior to moving from your location, survey to make sure all family members are unharmed.
If anyone has gotten hurt, be sure to give first aid or get the individual to the hospital if needed. If you are unsure about the individual’s injuries, it is best not to move them unless they are in any immediate danger. Call for help.
Take the time to make sure that your children are emotionally okay. Some children may be shaken from their memories of the storm and you may have to exercise a little more patience than usual. Try your best to do so. After experiencing Hurricanes Hannah and Ike, I can say with no hesitation that hurricanes can be very scary things! So it certainly will not hurt to be a little more aware and attentive after a hurricane.
Prior to making any movements, explain to your children that there may be dangerous things outside that they are not to touch. These will include power lines, and debris that may have ended up close to your home.
When venturing outside, avoid loose or dangling power lines. If you have been away from your home and are returning, enter with caution. If possible it would be a good idea not to take young children in the home with you for this first time. After your initial survey, you will know what hazards you will want to ensure your children are not around once you enter the home.
At the beginning of a hurricane season, one never knows what we will be faced with. In order to cover your bases, it’s important to prepare yourself and your children. At the end of the season, it is better to have been prepared and not to have had to deal with a hurricane and its effects, than be unprepared and have to deal with a hurricane.