It's been one year since the devastating Super Storm, hurricane Sandy, hit the Mid-Atlantic area of the US. It's destruction levelled some towns, ruined homes, schools and businesses, and changed the way the shore will look forever.
Children were the youngest victims of the storm. They lost their homes and schools, had to live in temporary housing without their belongings, and watched their parents and caregivers suffer through emotional and financial stress. Children are still affected by this storm, even a year later. Here is a great video produced by Save the Children.
Below is an infographic filled with information about making a safety plan for your family in the case of a disaster. Find a full sized graphic here on the Save the Children website that you can print and use at home. It's important that your children know how you will help them and protect them in case of another storm or other emergency. My son at age six still regularly talks about Sandy. We were lucky and only lost power for four days and had some food spoilage. We were really lucky that one of the huge trees that surround our home didn't fall. The house we rent each summer for our week at the beach was flooded and subsequently gutted. The owners raced to complete the repairs in time for rental season, as that loss of income would be financially devastating. So while our family did not suffer drastic loss, the impact of the storm was still felt by my son. I can't even imagine how the children who lost everything are coping now at this year anniversary.
While everyone hopes that another devastating storm never occurs, the reality is that it's likely that we will all endure another hazardous weather-related or emergency event in the future. Having an emergancy preparedness plan for your family is essential. Being sure that your children are protected when away from you is just as important. Inquire at your children's schools and day care centers about their emergency preparedness plan. If they don'thave a clear plan, offer to help them develop one.