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Cathy Meyer

Hurricane Sandy: How to Co-Parent During a National Disaster

By October 28, 2012

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Hurricane Sandy, a gigantic storm forecast to deliver battering winds, dangerous flooding and even heavy snowfall is making her way toward the East Coast. Millions of people will be affected by the water, wind and snow over the next few days.

Many will be divorced parents concerned about the well-being of their children. There is no better time to practice co-operative, civil parenting with an ex than during a national disaster.

You may be focused preparing for the hurricane by gathering provisions such as water, food and batteries in case of power outages, that is a sensible response. I would also encourage you to communicate with your children's other parent and work together to make sure your children are safe. And both parents have peace of mind.

If your children are in your custody please make sure their other parent knows how to get in touch with them and you, where you will be staying with the children and where you can be reached in case of an emergency.

Share with the other parent:

  • An address where the children will be, especially if you plan to evacuate.
  • Phone numbers where you can be reached. If you are evacuating make sure the other parent has the phone number of where you will be staying.
  • Give the other parent the option of staying within close proximity of the children. If you are evacuating offer to stay in the same motel as the other parent or, at the least the same city.
  • If you lose power and have access to a cell phone call the other parent regularly with updates about the children and their well-being.

Lastly, allow your children to have access to the other parent. Your children will look to you as a guide to how safe they are during this time. Children find security in how their parents respond to anything that causes insecurity in them. Allow your children to have both parents to turn to so that the reality of what is going on around them will be balanced by having the assurance of two loving parents to depend on.

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