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Through the Storm

At St. Thomas, we truly are Many Families, One home. 
I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with our community as we prepare for what may be a category 4 hurricane.
 
Many parents have expressed concerns about Hurricane Dorian, and what to say and do to ease the stress and anxiety their children may have. I want to share helpful tips parents and/or guardians should take into consideration when helping kids remain calm before, during and after the storm.
  • Talk to your children about hurricanes. Explain to your child what could happen in the event of a hurricane, using simple, age-appropriate words.
  • Practice evacuation drills.
  • Remain calm. Do your best to assure your child that they are safe. 
  • Monitor television and internet news coverage of hurricanes and disasters, as too much media intake can create anxiety for your child.
  • Work together after the storm. Allow your child to help with clean-up if necessary.
 
If you are noticing any signs of stress or anxiety with your child, please feel free to reach out to Sandra Burroughs, our Director of Counseling. She is available to assist you in any way she can.

St. Thomas is closely monitoring Hurricane Dorian’s track and will provide updates to families via One Call Now, MyCommunity and social media.

Wherever you may find yourself this weekend, we wish you safety through the storm.

Sincerely,

Lillian Issa
 
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