Hurricane Irene is approaching South Florida and it is time to be prepared. Being prepared with supplies is critical, however prepping your kids and teens is just as important. Having that plan and knowing what you can potentially expect can help ease the anxiety of when or if a hurricane hits our region.
Teens are still very young and can feel fear and uncertainty in times of major natural disasters, especially hurricanes, which have brought fear so close to home for thousands of people.
Events like hurricanes, which have displaced thousands of people, can be uncertain for teens. Their friends’ parents, their own parents, and their friends have been affected by hurricanes. Under normal circumstances, teens look to teachers, coaches, and parents to make them feel safe in times of uncertainty. But in some cases, teens directly affected by hurricanes are not in school and may have relocated to another part of the country, so they do not have contact with their teachers.
Teens also tend to turn to their peer group for support. Since families affected by hurricanes may have relocated, they may not even have contact with their network of friends.
As teens hover on the brink of adulthood, parents may wonder how they can teach their teens to move beyond the fears that the aftermaths of hurricanes bring. Just as your teens learned to play sports or a musical instrument, they can learn the skills of resilience — the ability to adapt well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or even significant sources of stress.
There are strategies parents can teach their teenage kids to help build their resilience. It’s important to keep in mind that each teen’s journey along the road to resilience will be different; your knowledge of your teen will guide you.
Important numbers you need:
BROWARD COUNTY CONTACT INFO:
American Red Cross – (954) 763-9900
Broward County Hurricane Hotline – (954) 831-4000
Broward Emergency Management Agency – (954) 831-3900
Broward County Animal Care and Regulation – (954) 359-1313
Special Medical Needs Registry–Broward – (954) 537-2888, www.broward.org/disaster
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY CONTACT INFO:
American Red Cross – (305) 644-1200
Miami-Dade Animal Care and Control – (305) 884-1101
Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management – (305) 468-5400
Miami-Dade Emergency Evacuation Assistance Program – (305) 468-5900
Special Medical Needs Registry Miami-Dade – (305) 513-7700
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