THE emotional effects of natural disasters on people is usually not considered by the general public while preparing for the cyclone season.
Empower Pacific child protection specialist and clinical adviser Sarah Young said for adults, crazy weather could be frightening — and for children, the experience was even more terrifying.
"As parents, caregivers, family, community members and responsible adults, one of the most important jobs we have heading into this upcoming disaster season is to help our children feel safe and prepared rather than scared," Miss Young said.
"It is up to us to build our children's ability to recognise, accept and express their feelings of fear related to scary weather.
"There are quite a few ways adults can help build children's resilience leading up to the disaster season, including holding regular family 'get ready' meetings.
"It is important that everyone attends and it would be advisable at the beginning of the season to get everyone in the house together to talk about fears and how members can help each other.
"By failing to plan, you plan to fail. It is important that as a family you put together a plan as to what each household member will do if disaster strikes."
Miss Young added parents and adults of each household had to ensure the children were aware of the adult responsibility to keep them safe and to make sure nothing happened to them.
"Make sure there is a list of all the emergency contact numbers placed in an area where the children can get to it. This list might include numbers to nearby family members, police, hospital, ambulance and fire station.
"Also, children should know where they can find emergency food, water and first aid supplies.
"Adults want to make sure they put across the positive message that they are confident in each person's ability to be a part of the team and that as a family you will all get through the bad weather season by helping each other and working together."
Miss Young also said many parents worried about how to respond to some of the tricky questions children posed about the disaster season.