Tornadoes are pretty scary. Between the commotion of making sure that everyone is safe, ensuring that you have everything that you need, and actually getting to your shelter, it can be a pretty overwhelming time. This is often the case for adults, but it is even more intimidating and scary for young children that you’re having to take care of.

If you have children, it’s always good to have a good understanding of what you can do to ensure that they are calm and collected during this state. It is pretty difficult to manage if you’re not sure if what you’re doing is going to help, so we have compiled a list of things that have proven to be successful for you and any other family members to take advantage of.

Avoid the News

While the news may seem like a helpful resource during these types of incidents, it can be pretty stressful and traumatic for children. The news will definitely give you and the adults in your family a good idea of what to expect and the overall conditions of the storm, but seeing the images and hearing the worried sound in the newsperson’s voice can ultimately lead your children to feel much more nervous. If you are going to be listening to the news, have someone that can keep them preoccupied from the sounds or images of the tornado or storm.

Maintain Your Cool

It’s not easy to keep cool in these situations, and we understand that, but when you make an active effort to focus on maintaining your cool and keeping a level head, you’re able to set a better example for children that are watching you. If you do the best to break down everything that you’ve done to prepare for a storm, which we hope you have, you can explain to them what it is that you’ve completed and how each of those steps helps ensure that all of you are safe throughout the process.

Explain Tornadoes

Not being able to understand what is happening is one of the reasons that people experience so much fear with these types of storms. If you explain to your child what a tornado is, why they happen and that there are methods of protection, then the chances of them being able to maintain their cool during these situations will be much more likely. We will cover a few of the biggest storms, the science of tornadoes, and plenty of tips that you can do to ensure that you’re prepared. Through reading these blogs, you can gain some information to share with your children so that they are well aware of what’s happening.

Plan of Action

Having a plan of action is not only one of the best things that you can do to ensure that your family is safe when a storm hits, but it’s also something that you can run through to ensure that your children, and the rest of your family, are prepared for when a storm does hit. Here in Tulsa, it’s always guaranteed that tornado season will bring a few concerning days where preparation is necessary. By running through your plan of action, you’re not only showing your children that there are plans made to keep everyone safe, but you’re also preparing them for an instance where you’ll need to use your safe.

FamilySAFE Shelters has worked hard on creating tornado shelters for the towns that get hit by tornadoes frequently. These shelters are designed to be a saving grace in the times where you’re scared and worried about your home. Each of them has withstood the strength of tornadoes and saved lives, so you can feel confident while you’re in them. That being said, you can always keep your cool and focus on calming your child down, when you’re in one of our shelters.

Make sure to keep up with our blog posts so that you can continue to learn how to protect yourself and your family. We guarantee tips and tricks that will keep you prepared in the worst situations. Aside from that, you know that we’re the ones to call when you’re in need of a high-quality shelter for the toughest of storms. Call a member of our team and we’ll get you set up!