The Weather Channel is filled with pictures of storms that have come through our area of the country and the damage left behind. As you watch these reports, I am sure you are filled with a bit of apprehension. As you watch these reports, keep a few things in mind:
We live in an area that has quick response to all sorts of disasters and problems. Your child will “read” your response to determine how he should respond. By being prepared and calm, you can keep you and your family safe!
In the event of severe weather (thunderstorms or more) take a few precautions before the weather arrives:
- Keep fresh batteries for your radio (a Weather Radio is always a great choice!). The radio allows you to listen for updates from local officials even if power is disrupted.
- Charge your cell phone. A cell phone is safe to use during a storm to call for help or to check for updates from local officials. Be sure to pack the phone charger in your emergency bag!
- Pack an emergency bag. Since many of us have small children, be sure to include items such as diapers, wipes, formula, and medications. Of course, be sure to include your child’s favorite stuffed animal or security item!
When a storm is in the forecast:
- Postpone outdoor activities. Stay inside (if possible).
- Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
- Unplug appliances and other items such as computers.
Take a few moments to review your plan and think through your steps. If you need help in creating a plan, please talk with your child’s classroom teacher or your Family Service Coordinator.
Be safe, be careful, be calm!