Queensland storm season: How to prepare children for extreme weather

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Wild weather is part of living on the Sunshine Coast. Every summer, we experience many types of disasters, including bushfires, heatwaves, flooding and cyclones.

You may have grown up with thunderstorms and lightning rumbling and cracking across the evening sky, but for the younger members of your family, extreme weather events and their impacts, like blackouts and flooding, can be very frightening. For many, it may be the first time they’ve experienced wild weather.

Babies and children have a limited understanding of what’s happening around them. But being prepared before a weather emergency can make a big difference in how they respond and cope. And, if you’re calm and confident when the sky cracks, the kids are more likely to be, too. Instead of it being scary, wild weather can be an exciting experience!

Get Ready Queensland recommends your first step is to have an open discussion about disaster risk with your family and let them help with preparation activities such as:

  • Cleaning up the yard
  • Completing and checking your emergency plan
  • Shopping for emergency kit items
  • Packing your emergency kit and evacuation kit
  • Practising your evacuation plan
  • Checking weather reports
  • Looking after household pets
Mother and Children Preparing an Emergency Kit As Queensland Storm Season Begins

Mother and children preparing an emergency kit as Queensland storm season begins

 

Helpful resources to prepare for storm season in Queensland

You can take a few simple steps to get your family wild weather ready.

  1. Understand your risk
  2. Prepare a household emergency plan
  3. Pack an emergency kit

 

Get Ready Queensland website – you’ll find some great activities designed by the Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health that can help you start the conversation with your kids (both young and older) about what weather we might face this summer. There, you’ll also find a Household Emergency and Evacuation Plan template.

Connect with Council and Queensland’s Emergency Services for the most up-to-date information when the next natural disaster happens.

Sunshine Coast Council Disaster Hub has up-to-date information and links to key emergency services in one location.

www.bom.gov.au/qld for the latest weather information

http://www.qfes.qld.gov.au/Current-Incidents For a map and current bushfire and weather warnings, go to Queensland Fire & Emergency Services

 

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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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