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Weather around the world as well as the U.S has always been prone to causing unpredictable events occurring but these events do seem to be increasing in frequency at the moment. Natural disasters are quite clearly a cause of great anxiety and stress when you are caught up in one and kids can be very scared if they don’t understand what is going on.
Here are five tips that will help you prepare your kids to cope in the event of an emergency situation caused by a natural disaster.
Get them involved
The level of involvement will obviously depend on the age of your children and their ability to understand what is going on and what is required of them. It is always advisable to try avoid as much uncertainty in their minds as possible and you can do that by explain on their level why you are stockpiling supplies or putting together emergency kits. Whilst you do not want to scare a child it is always a good idea to be as truthful about a situation as possible, so if you are going to have to evacuate your home at short notice, tell them that this is what might happen.
Help them prepare
A good way of providing reassurance and letting them know that you are going to be right by their side and looking after them is to help them prepare their stuff, working with them to choose which toys, favorite games or even what food they want to pack. Having some familiar objects or favorite foods with them in a time of great stress can provide a good level of comfort and help to reduce their natural anxiety.
Include their essential needs
In addition to their favorite items and foods, you need to makes sure that any medicines, diapers or formula that they use on a regular basis is included in any kits that you put together in preparation for an emergency.
Your insurance provider can sometimes provide good advice on how to prepare if you live in an area that has a history of certain events such as flooding or hurricanes. If this is the case then you may have to shop quotes for home insurance in order to get the right cover you need at a good price in the event that you need to make a claim after disaster has struck.
This can be made to seem like quite an adventure and even fun for kids when you practice a drill in case of a fire or perhaps a tornado if your area is prone to these. Making your children familiar with a particular routine or drill will mean that they cope much better in the event of a real life emergency. Kids also draw a greater level of comfort and security if they are involved in practicing these events and they are generally less stressed as a result of
Keep it on their level
The most important point to remember when trying to prepare your children for a natural disaster is that you need to keep everything on their level. The whole point is not to scare your kids but simply to ensure that they understand why you taking a certain action and what you are actually intending on doing. Communicating with your children on the appropriate level will ensure that they are ready as anyone can be in the event of a real life emergency.
Preparing for a natural disaster is always a good idea and making sure that your kids are also prepared is definitely something you should consider doing.
Barry Johnson is a retired insurance broker. He now spends his days reading and writing about insurance on various blog sites.
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