How to prepare your kids for a hurricane

How to prepare your kids for a hurricane

(WFXG) - Kids react differently to storms so it's important to know how to prepare them for natural disasters. Early childhood development experts say the most important thing a parent can do for their children during a storm is to stay calm. 

Experts say children can easily pick up on their parents fears and anxieties. Children look at their parents for direction and if you become alarmed they will become more scared, so it's important to pay attention to your tone in high stress situations. 

It is also important to be honest with your kids and explain what's going on. Chuck Willis, a parent, says he has prepared his kids by creating a safety plan. "If something does come, they know to find the safest place in the house, which is a room in the house that doesn't have any windows in it, but you don't want to scare your kids but you want to be prepared for what comes."

Autrey Demmons, another parent in the CSRA, says her family relies on scripture to keep them at peace. "In our family we recite bible verses and we tell about what happened during the storm and what you have to do to prepare yourself for the storm so they actually know exactly what to do." 

If your kids have a favorite stuffed animal or activity they like to play that is a good idea to help keep them calm. For more information on how to prepare your kids for a natural disaster you can use this link to Zero to Three, a early childhood development nonprofit.