Preparing for a Disaster
Does your family have a disaster plan? How about your child’s school or daycare center? If so, that’s great! If not, there are several websites that provide excellent resources and can help you get ready:
After a Disaster Occurs
- Provide children with concrete explanations of what happened and how it could or will affect them. For example, "A tree branch fell on electrical wires, and that is why the lights don't work."
- Find out what specific concerns children have. Ask them what’s frightening or upsetting them, and reassure them when you’re able to do so. If their fears are grounded in reality, acknowledge those concerns and help find ways to address them.
- Reassure kids that many people are working hard to help them and their community recover.
- Depending on the age of children, consider limiting media coverage or being with them while they watch so that you can answer questions and help them process the information.
- Children often feel helpless after a disaster. Work together to find meaningful things you and they can do to pitch in and help others in the community.
For more information: http://www.nwf.org/Eco-Schools-USA/Become-an-Eco-School/Tornadoes/Helping-Kids-Cope.aspx
Lesson Plans and Activities
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