Get Ready, Get Set because Hurricane Season is A-Go!

Hurricane

Hurricane season is in full swing, and Mother Nature has definitely been making her presence known.  When thinking of disasters, some parents may say, “Who needs a hurricane, my kids can tear up a whole house in a matter of seconds!”  Although you can sometimes predict the outcome of Hurricane _________ (you fill in your little one’s name); you should still be prepared for the occasional hurricane that could blow through.

In 2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck Louisiana’s Gulf Coast.  Many people had no idea how bad the outcome would be and did not know what to do before, during or after the storms.   Being prepared is a good plan, and will help reduce some of your child’s fears.  Remember these key tips:  make a plan, create a kit, know the plan and practice the plan!   

  • Discuss and teach your kids about the different types of weather that may affect your area. There are excellent children’s books and websites to help you with this.
  • Let your child know that you or another grownup will be there to help if something happens.
  • Keep a list of emergency numbers by each phone in your house. Make sure your child knows what each number is for.
  • Let your child help create a “Family Ready Kit.” Check out www.ready.gov  for additional information. They even have a kids’ page your child is sure to enjoy.
  • Gather all important documents, including copies of documents. Store your ‘disaster kit’ in a weatherproof container.
  • Be sure to make plans for your family pets.
  • Always use caution when preparing for travel.  Surveying evacuation routes and the aftermath of a hurricane or other natural disaster is important. Downed trees, power lines and flooded roadways could make emergency teams unable to get to you.

Think of all the things your family uses every day.  Each family or individual’s kit should be customized to meet specific needs, such as medication and infant products.  Use this supply list to help you start your family’s ready kit. 

  • Battery powered radio or television
  • Batteries
  • A gallon of water for each person per day
  • Non perishable food items
  • Manual can opener
  • First Aid kit
  • Flashlights
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Toilet paper, wet wipes  and garbage bags for disposal
  • Cell phone with extra battery and charger
  • Blankets, towels and sleeping bags
  • Clothes
  • Tool kit
  • Local maps
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Activities/toys for children
  • Emergency contact list

Hurricane Ready Game!

You and your family can collect items for your ready kit and have a family ready scavenger hunt!  Separate your family into two teams with adults and kids on each team (if possible) and assign each group a different list of items.  Set a timer and see who comes back first!  Have the teams explain why each item should be in the ready kit and what the item could be used for in the event of a hurricane.

How to Make Hurricane Popcorn!

Pop a bag of popcorn,  add your kid’s favorite treats to the mix and enjoy!  This concoction is sure to start a hurricane party in their little mouths!

Have you talked to your kids about natural disasters?  Does your family have a plan?  Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kid’s safety. If you have questions or comments about hurricane preparedness or child safety, post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225.372.3991.