Preparing Your Family For Severe Weather

By: Mollie Shauger | Tuesday, June 4, 2019 | Child Care

Parents hug and interact with a young boy. Families can involve kids in preparing for severe weather.

If you have children or work with them, chances are you’ve noticed them show curiosity or even fear during weather events. Kids react in different ways, depending on their age. A child’s response is often based on how they see adults responding.

“Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How to prepare for a storm

While thunderstorms are most common in the spring and summer, severe weather can happen at any time of the year. The CDC offers these tips for staying safe:

  1. Prepare an emergency kit, in case there is a power outage or you can’t leave your home. The kit should have a three-day supply of food that can’t spoil, water, flashlight, first aid supplies, and special medicines or medical equipment that your family needs. The CDC has a checklist of items to pack.
  2. Plan ahead so you know how you will communicate during an emergency, whether you’re together or separated.
  3. Stay informed about local weather alerts via your phone, TV or radio. Be sure to charge your cell phone ahead of time in the event you lose power. Also, learn the difference between “watches” and “warnings” and what to do in each.

If you’re away from your kids, here’s how you can ensure they’re safe:

  1. Find out the school or child care center’s emergency plans, and how they will contact you. Every child care setting should have a written plan. Also, ask how you can contact the center and where to meet your kids if there’s an evacuation.
  2. Keep your emergency contacts up-to-date. You can also give your child a card or piece of paper with this information to keep in their belongings in case of an emergency.


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