Talking About: Natural Disasters

You can use these talking points to discuss earthquakes, hurricanes, flash floods, and other emergencies with your children. Use your parental discretion when determining which topics are appropriate for your child. For additional support when you sign up for A Magic Penny event, we will provide you with talking points about the specific organization we are partnering with.

Natural Disasters

  • Our earth is amazing and full of wonderful things in nature…
  • Even rain and wind is part of that beauty…
  • However, once in a while weather can be very strong and create dangerous situations, like earthquakes, tornadoes, flash floods, or even forest fires…
  • “Natural disasters” can be scary when we don’t expect them, but there are steps to take to be safe…

Earthquakes

  • The earth’s surface isn’t one solid piece. It’s more like a gigantic jigsaw puzzle of rock pieces called “plates…”
  • Earthquakes happen when two plates bump into each other…
  • These happen every day, but we don’t feel most quakes because they are too small or too deep underground.
  • Once in a while, a quake is powerful enough for people to feel it… It’s like the earth is shaking…
  • If there is a big, powerful earthquake, it can shake tables, shelves, windows, and even entire buildings…
  • Quakes are scary when you don’t expect them… But earthquakes don’t last long and they always end…
  • Big earthquakes are dangerous because heavy objects can fall, things can break, and people can get hurt…
  • It’s good to practice how to stay safe in an earthquake…
  • If it’s at night stay in your bed and cover your head with a pillow… If you’re at school, drop under a desk/table, cover your head with your hands, and hold on…

What can happen during a natural disaster?

  • During some natural disasters, people can lose their power and/or gas. That means no lights, television, heat…
  • Regular storms sometimes feel fun when you are safe inside, using flashlights. But natural disasters are stronger and last longer than that…
  • Sometimes people have to leave their homes during natural disasters, like forest fires or flash floods, to stay safe…
  • During natural disasters, people’s homes, cars, and belongings can be ruined…
  • That is scary and sad, especially since we usually don’t know when a natural disaster will happen….
  • owners…

What We Can Do

  • We can learn how to stay safe if there is ever a natural disaster where we live…
  • Families can practice their “emergency procedures” at home…
  • We can have an “emergency kit” full of supplies we would need if there was a disaster…
  • Examples of emergency supplies are flashlights, raincoats, canned food, can-openers, bandaids…
  • We can help people who don’t have enough money to create their own emergency kit…
  • We can give emergency supplies to underprivileged families so we can all come together as a community to be prepared and stay safe…

Created by Tracy Wiessbrod. © 2016 A Magic Penny. All rights reserved.