Severe weather is something that nearly every area of the country experiences, whether it’s a tornado, hurricane or a nor’easter. While these weather patterns can be unsettling, talking about what to do in the event that severe weather strikes and planning for how to handle it can help keep your family at ease. These 21 blog entries provide some guidance for talking to kids about severe weather without scaring them, preparing for severe weather and implementing practical tips you can use to keep your family safe.
Bad Weather Fears
According to Dr. Amador, psychologist, it’s important to discuss severe weather with your children to make sure they understand the truth about storms. When kids don’t know what to expect they tend to immediately start dreaming up the worst case scenario. Talking things through before they happen can help alleviate this so that everyone stays calm if and when severe weather strikes. These seven blog articles will help you talk to your kids about severe weather.
- Thunderphobia: Mayo Experts Offer Tips to Help Children Conquer Severe Weather Fears Here you’ll find advice from the doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN regarding how to help your kids overcome their fear of thunder and bad weather.
- Dr. Amador: Talking to Our Kids about the Oklahoma Tornado Tragedy This doctor feels that it’s important to talk about tornadoes with your kids, and she explains the best way to handle that conversation.
- 10 Tips for Talking to Kids about Severe Weather Read through this blog post to learn how you should best explain severe weather to your kids.
- 5 Tips to Help Your Child’s Severe Weather Fears—Parent Society Discover the best way to address your child’s questions about if bad weather will happen in your town.
- Talking to Kids about Tornadoes and Ways to Help Oklahoma Learn the answers to several pertinent questions that kids may have about tornadoes.
- Talking with Your Kids about the Tornado… This is a very moving article written by someone close to the tragedy in Oklahoma that contains good advice for talking to kids.
- Coping with Autism—6 Tips for Dealing with Uncertainty and Natural Disasters If you have an autistic child or know one, you should read this blog post.
How to Prepare
Preparing for severe weather as a family can provide reassurance that you have a plan that will keep your family safe. In these seven blog entries you will find suggestions on how to prepare for severe weather of all kinds.
- Josie Loza: Helping Kids Prepare for Bad Weather Suggestions to limit exposure to the news and get your kids to help you form an emergency plan can be found in this post.
- Severe Weather Preparedness Week: Talking About Preparedness with Kids Find information about the Red Cross’ Flat Stanley and Flat Stella program.
- Preparing Your Family for Severe Weather in Southeast Michigan You don’t have to live in Michigan to reap the benefits of this post, which reviews a helpful list of items for an emergency kit.
- Talk About Tornadoes: How to Prepare Your Family for Storm Season at Home or School Make sure you know your school’s emergency plan and that you have one in place at home.
- Severe Weather and Tornado Preparedness This blog article is about North Texas, but it lists important ways to be prepared that would be true for any situation.
- 10 Severe Weather Prep Tips From weather radios to food and blankets, this list includes it all.
- Moms Talk: Preparing Your Family for Severe Weather This post shares viewpoints from three moms on how they handle severe weather with their families.
Tips for Severe Weather
By going over safety tips with your child, he will get a better understanding of what positive things you can do to stay safe. These tips may also prompt your child to ask questions. Be sure to answer his questions in a calm and reassuring manner. The more prepared for a storm that you are, the better your child will be when severe weather strikes.
- Safety Tips for Severe Weather & Tornadoes Have a plan before the storm sirens go off so that everyone knows what to do.
- Severe Weather Tips Facts versus myths are shared on this blog article, along with other tips.
- Residents in the Path of Severe Weather Urged to Include Pets in Disaster Plans In this post, the Humane Society reminds everyone to take their pet into the safe room too.
- Tornado Expert Explains What to Do When Severe Weather Strikes Listen to a weather expert explain what you should do in a severe weather situation.
- Safety Tips for Severe Weather Take a look at this list of supplies that you should include in your safety bag.
- Tornado Preparedness Tips from Ready.gov After a storm, check for gas leaks and loose power lines to make sure your home is safe to stay in.
- Dauphin County Commissioners Offer Safety Tips for National Severe Weather Preparedness WeekThis blog article recommends having an emergency kit and gives other ways to stay safe during and after the storm.