Any type of natural disaster is frightening to children and adults alike. It's important to explain the event in words children can understand.
For information on talking to children about natural disasters please visit the following sites:
Check out AACAP's Disaster Resources:
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has dedicated web pages on the readiness, response, and recovery after various natural disasters, including tornadoes:
If you would like to speak to an expert, please reach out to the co-chairs of AACAP's Disaster Committee:
Steven Berkowitz, M.D.
Allan K. Chrisman, M.D.