Planning with children

Cyclones, severe storms and floods can be frightening for adults but they are traumatic for children if they do not know what to do. A good way to prepare children and to address their fears is to include them in your household emergency preparations.

Talk to your children about what your family will do if there is a cyclone, severe storm or flood.

Make sure they know where they will go if you have to evacuate, who to call in an emergency and where the strongest place in the house is to shelter while a cyclone passes.

Kids can help get their home ready in the days and hours before an emergency. Depending on their age, this can include bringing their toys inside, looking after pets, gathering blankets and other soft items for protection, helping switch off electrical items and filling bathtubs.

Last updated: 06 February 2015