When the Hurricane Blew is divided
into three sections: "The Story," "The
Tips," and "The Games."
Story" is a heart warming and often humorous tale told by a
grandfather who, as a child, experienced a direct hit from a major
hurricane. His grandchild urges him on as he retells the tale from
the moment the school principal announced school was going to be
canceled for the rest of the week due to an approaching hurricane.
The grandfather then goes on to describe the adventure that entailed
including evacuation, returning
to find a damaged community, cookouts under the stars while the
power was out, dealing with the extended displacement and a heavily
damaged home, and more. It's warm, funny, reassuring, instructive,
and healing. And it a great way to help kids understand what to
expect and how to deal with the fear and uncertainty caused by an
approaching hurricane and its aftermath.
"The Tips" give a list of "Tips for Before the Hurricane"
and "Tips for After the Hurricane" generated by the kids
themselves. Here are a couple of examples:
• Get your special things packed in the car before your
sister fills it up with her clothes.
• Bring a stuffed animal in case you’re scared
and because you may not see these little friends for a long time
• Don’t let your heart flow with the hurricane.
Let your heart flow with your family.
Games" section provides a collection of games and activities
kids can enjoy while in the car evacuating, while without electrical
power, or while displaced after the storm.