Hurricane season is here! Planning for a hurricane with little ones can definitely get overwhelming. As a mom of three living in South Florida we have been on quite a few of these adventures, or at least prepared for them even if it was a “false alarm”. I would say, even if it ends up being a false alarm better safe than sorry! It is ok to over prepare, especially if you have little ones. Here are some tips to prepare for a hurricane.
- Diapers/wipes/female hygene
- Medicines ( Adult and children)
- Canned food/pre made food
- Matches/Can opener
Water/Fill empty water bottles with tap water.
- Pre-pack snack bags
- Games/Puzzles/coloring books/legos
- Have a game plan if you have a power outage.
(glow sticks, shadow games)
- Allow them to participate in the preparations
- Talk to them and ensure safety
Monitor how much they hear and see. It will help ease any possible anxiety and uncertainty of the storm.
Pregnant, Nursing or Infants
- If you have a high risk pregnancy or are past 37 weeks, you might be asked to go to the hospital during the hurricane.
- If you are pumping check how many batteries you need for your pump. Make sure you have a manual pump handy.
- Have a plan B for storing your breast milk
- Even for breastfed babies, stock up on formula. You never know if your milk supply will be affected with the stress.
- Stock up on nursery water and baby food if applicable.
Preparing your home:
- Shutters ( plan ahead, make sure you have all your pieces together, do not wait until the last minute).
- Bring in anything that could be a projectile.
- Find and prepare the safe room in your home, include your kids. (If your kids are anything like my kids, make sure you have snacks!)
- Make sure yo have any and all important documents in a safe place.
- Take pictures of your home PRIOR to the storm. In case there is damage to your home you have documentation to back it up.
Fun things to do during a power outage:
As a mom of three boys ages 8, 5 and 21 months I have to make sure that aside from the survival essentials we can turn this into an opportunity to connect, make memories and adventure.
- Make a power outage kit. Include glow sticks, play doh, books, flashlights.
- Play hide an seek with the glow sticks
- If it is during the day and it is safe go out side and play
- Create shadow puppets on the wall using a flashlight
- Draw pictures in the dark and then laugh at your creations when the lights come back on.
- Make music and sing songs with pots and pans.
- Have a glow in the dark dance party.
What are some things you like to do when the power goes out? I would love to hear your ideas!