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Preparing for Hurricane Irene: Big Bird and other Sesame Street characters explain how to stay safe

Hurricane Irene as it approached the Outer Banks. (NOAA/National Hurricane Center)

If you’re confused about how to describe a hurricane to young children, Big Bird, Elmo and other Sesame Street characters are here to help. The popular television program has put together “Hurricane Kit,” online videos for kids that discuss tropical storms and survival tips for parents.

Moms and dads can learn why it’s important to continue your normal, everyday routine until disaster strikes; how to identify signs of stress in children (bed wetting is one of them) and other tips. (Sesame Street)

Experts recommend families be prepared to go without power for three days because of the hurricane. A supply list should include three days worth of non-perishable food, a whistle to signal for help and a wrench or pliers to turn off utilities among other items. (Consumer Reports)

If you need to evacuate your home, having a “Go Bag” can make it easier to leave quickly. Pack copies of important documents, such as insurance cards and proof of identification, in a waterproof container; a battery-operated AM/FM radio, an extra set of car and house keys, at least $50 in cash and other important items. (Strollerderby)

To keep your home in tact and minimize flood damage, read stories from The Post’s archives on what to do about mold, when to use a submersible pump and related content. (The Post).

And if your basic hurricane knowledge is a little rusty, this short video describes what a hurricane is and why they usually happen in the summer and fall (National Geographic):



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