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Hurricanes – 9 Way to Prepare Kids for Extreme Weather

In an effort to best prepare our children for hurricane season, here are nine ways to educate children about hurricanes and weather safety.  As parents and educators, we have all seen or listened to the uncertainties of children as a community prepares for a hurricane. Information helps to lessen fears and anxieties that may come during extreme weather in a hurricane prone area.  Read on to explore fun and creative ways to teach children about hurricanes and hurricane safety.

1. Start with the hurricane basics

Before you dive into the specifics of hurricane safety, it’s essential to start with the basics. Explain to your child what a hurricane is, how it forms, and what causes it. You can use visual aids such as pictures or videos to make it more interesting and engaging. Explain the different categories of hurricanes and the potential dangers that come with each.

2. Use interactive activities

Children learn best through interactive activities, so try to incorporate some fun and creative activities into your teaching. You can use coloring books, puzzles, and other games to help them understand the different aspects of hurricanes, such as the wind, rain, and flooding. You can also use role-playing games to teach them how to prepare for a hurricane and what to do during an emergency.

3. Create a hurricane kit

Creating a hurricane kit can be a fun activity for children, and it also helps them prepare for a potential hurricane. You can have your child help gather items such as non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, and first aid supplies. You can also have them pack a few of their favorite books, games or toys to keep them occupied during a potential power outage.

4. Discuss evacuation plans

It’s important to have an evacuation plan in place in case of a hurricane. Discuss your family’s evacuation plan with your child and explain where you will go (including pets), what you will do, and what items you will need to bring with you. You can also use a map to show your child the evacuation route and discuss potential safe locations to stay.

5. Emphasize safety

Emphasize the importance of safety during a hurricane. Teach your child about potential hazards such as fallen power lines, flooding, and strong winds. You can also teach them how to use a fire extinguisher, how to turn off gas and electricity, and how to use emergency supplies such as first aid kits.

6. Practice drills

Practicing hurricane drills can be a fun and interactive way to prepare for a potential emergency. You can simulate a hurricane by turning off the power and practicing using flashlights and other emergency supplies. You can also practice evacuation drills by walking through the evacuation plan with your child.

7. Stay informed

It’s important to stay informed about the latest updates and developments during a hurricane. Teach your child how to listen to weather updates and how to track the storm using online resources. You can also teach them how to use emergency apps and other tools to stay informed and prepared during a hurricane.

8. Incorporate art and creativity

Incorporating art and creativity can help make learning about hurricanes more engaging and fun. You can have your child draw pictures of hurricanes or create a collage of different hurricane safety tips. You can also have them write a story or poem about hurricanes and how to stay safe during a potential emergency.

9. Teach empathy and compassion

Hurricanes can be devastating events that affect many people’s lives. Teach your child empathy and compassion by discussing the impact that hurricanes can have on communities and individuals. You can also discuss ways that your family can help those affected by a hurricane, such as donating supplies or volunteering.


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