As South Florida prepares for the effects of Hurricane Irma, your children may have questions about hurricanes and what could happen during a storm. There are many resources available for parents and educators that help explain everything from how hurricanes form, to how to help children cope with disasters.
Ready.gov from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has resources for parents and educators, including emergency planning with children and helping answer children’s questions in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Ready.gov’s “Helping Children Cope” page includes parent questions and child psychologists’ answers, broken down by age group.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management’s kidsgetaplan.com offers games, stories and fun facts for children, and guides for parents and teachers.
For those parents and educators who are seeking tips for explaining hurricanes to children, here are some good articles:
- AccuWeather.com’s site includes an article for adults that includes tips on how to explain hurricanes to kids.
- Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and Nemours Children’s Health System are among the children’s hospitals offering guidance on preparing your child for a hurricane.
- The Today Show has an article on preparing for a hurricane with your children.