Sarah Anne Carter

Sarah Anne Carter is a writer and reader. She grew up all over the world as a military brat and is now putting down roots with her family in Ohio. Visit her at

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How to calm children in a crisis

Emergency situations can be difficult for anyone to face, but it can be especially hard for a child. It’s so important to know how to calm children in a crisis. Picture this situation: Fifteen children under the age of 10 and about 8 adults are crowded in a bathroom as a storm rages around the building. The children heard the word “tornado” and are scared. The crying and shaking start. “Are we going to die?” “What about Daddy?” “Where is …

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Create a Babysitter Folder

Create a Babysitter Folder

You have concert tickets, the babysitter is on her way and your county just got put under a tornado watch (conditions are favorable for tornadoes) – what do you do? No judgment – we went to the concert. We felt comfortable because we had prepared our babysitter for what to do if the county went under a tornado warning. Here’s what I had prepared for her, and you can do this, too. Prepare a Babysitter Folder Any kind of emergency …

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Bare feet in the storm: Preparing for nighttime tornadoes

I have a healthy fear of tornadoes now, especially nighttime tornadoes. I thought I was prepared, but I’m not – and you might not be either. Too close for comfort I lived a few hours away from Joplin, Missouri, when the EF5 tornado hit on May 22, 2011. Being that close and seeing the kind of destruction that could happen so quickly prompted me to start preparing our family for disasters. I made sure our basement shelter room was set …

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