Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Being Prepared For Stormy Weather
Start a with a good small back back for an adult bag.
medical supplies ( i.e. tylenol, bandaids and any regularly taken meds)
Then for a kids bag . Start with a good small kids backpack
We pack two packs one for us with items we will need in case things do go down hill and a kids pack. The adult bag is full of things to help and items that should not be carried by the kids.Flashlights in case the power goes out, snacks in case we get hungry or the kids get antsy, radios so we can keep up on the weather because most public shelters don't have a public radio with the weather and when you are standing in a long dim cement hall way with a bunch of strangers well you tend to want to know how long it may go on and what is going on out in the world. The kid bag is full of things to entertain them while they wait out the whole ordeal. Of course we pack things more to keep the younger ones entertained because the older ones are usually either listening to the radio with us or helping with the little ones, but you should pack with your family in mind. Just keep it simple because you will have to put back what ever they pull out.
Another way to prepare is to teach your kids what to do during severe weather. My kids know to grab their bags , helmets and shoes and put them in the hall way. If things get close they grab blankets, pillows and mattresses to help build a shelter in our hall way in the middle of our house. The older ones grab a few candles to light so we don't use up our flashlights before the power goes out but there is still light so that coyote doesn't freak. You can also de-emphasize the fear of the storm by keeping your tone normal and unstressed. Your kids can tell if you are freaking out and that will lead to them being fearful as well. Plus you don't want your kid crying every time it storms, especially if you live some place like Oklahoma where storms are just apart of life. So preparing yourself mentally to handle it all calmly will help you and your family.
What else would you do or add?
Thank you for reading.