How to talk to children about hurricanes

Published: Friday, June 1, 2012 at 2:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 1, 2012 at 2:17 p.m.

The Florida Department of Children and Families provided the following tips on how to talk to children about a hurricane:

- Encourage children to ask questions and talk about their feelings.

- Respond calmly and explain to the best of your ability.

- Have a plan and share it with your children so they know to expect to go to their grandparent’s house or another location in the event of a hurricane.

- Make sure you have an arrangement for any pets and that your child knows their pet will be safe.

- Tell the child only what they need to know, but do not give details that will needlessly scare them.

- Pay attention to how much media coverage your child is allowed to see. They may not need to see all of the devastation from a major disaster.

- Make sure your child knows who to call in case of a disaster if the parents are not available.

- Help your child set up an emergency kit, with food, water, medical needs and more. Make sure to keep the kit updated and make it a fun activity with your child. Include a flashlight for your child, and books, puzzles and games to keep them occupied.

For more information about disaster preparation in Florida or to develop your own family plan, go to

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