Weather Awareness Guide for Daytona Beach

Helping Children Cope

This advice is adapted from the American Red Cross:

  • During a hurricane or other disaster, your family’s daily routine will be disrupted. You may have to leave your home.
  • As an adult, you’ll need to cope with the disaster in a way that will help children avoid developing a permanent sense of loss.
  • How you react to an emergency gives them clues on how to act. If you seem overcome with a sense of loss, a child may feel losses more strongly.
  • Children’s fears may also stem from their imagination, and you should take these feelings seriously. A child who feels afraid is afraid.
  • When talking with your child, be sure to present a realistic picture that is both honest and manageable.


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