'Prepared not Scared': Child advocates hope brochure helps parents and kids get prepared this hurricane season

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 5:21pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 5:51pm

Hurricane season is underway, and it's scary when a storm hits for anyone. For kids, it can be even scarier because they don't always understand what's going on. So a group of local counselors wants to help you, help your children.

The wind, the rain, the flooding and the noise... when a hurricane hits, it can be scary especially for kids.

"We learned after Katrina how many were having all kinds of anxieties about storms," said Rob Carlisle, the CEO of Child Advocacy Services.

Rob Carlisle has been a child advocate for more than 10 years. He said hurricane season is tough for children.

"A lot of times our children ask all kinds of questions because they're seeking information and that's only because as parents, we have not given them the information yet," Carlisle said. "There's new concepts like contra-flow and evacuation. There's all kinds of different things that children have to prepare for."

That's why Child Advocacy Services came up with this brochure.

"It opens up the topic for children that it's okay to talk about instead of waiting right before and getting in panic mode," Carlisle explained.

So, parents and kids can sit down and talk about hurricanes and what to expect before one can even get close.

"Children are vulnerable to situations that they don't have a lot of background or experience with," Carlisle said.

Carlisle said after katrina, CAS offices were overflowing with kids who needed counseling. So now, he hopes if kids understand what's going on, they won't be as scared.

"What do they bring when they evacuate? How long are they leaving for? Those are great questions that when I was a kid I didn't have to ask because we were always hunkered down at home and going to stick it out with no electricity," Carlisle said. "Well the times have changed."

You can find this brochure online at www.childadv.net and print it out, or you can go to DEMCO in Denham Springs.

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