Disaster can strike any day, any season, pretty much anytime.
We all need to cope with it at one time or another, and in a different scale. It is important to prepare the child for an event like that, so they may understand what they have to face, experience, and what consequences they have to deal with. All children deserve to be informed, and prepared, so they may deal with these difficult times better.
I remember the first time I experienced a Tropical Storm with my children. I searched extensively what I have to do, and how to prepare the kids for something like that. I even wrote a post about disaster preparedness for special need kids. ( I have to revise it and add much more to it)
We handled it really good, and we were lucky that we never lost our electricity, and the flood water stopped at the middle of our backyard.
When it was all over, I realized there were much unanswered questions from my kids. Just didn’t know how to explain things to them.
I found this link that FEMA sent out when hurricane Irene was about to hit the East Coast. This link has some very good points, and the parent can customize it to their needs, and their children’s understanding.
Since we are in hurricane season now, having frequent tornadoes, some part of our country has major fires, or flooding, we can use some help from this handy booklet to help our precious children, and make things more understandable for them. You be surprised how much they can understand, and with simple techniques how much anxiety we can reduce for them.