Survival guide helps families prepare for the bad weather season

Comprising a tip sheet, video presentation and podcast, the comprehensive support package offers parents several practical ideas for developing their children’s emotional resilience.

Dr Vanessa Cobham, Professor Matthew Sanders and Associate Professor Brett McDermott have teamed up to develop the free online guide.

“Floods, cyclones, bushfires and storms can be frightening and distressing for children. One of the crucial tasks for parents heading in to this bad weather season is to help their children feel prepared, not scared,” Professor Sanders said.

“Our Preparing for Bad Weather Triple P Survival Guide includes numerous tips that parents may find useful in developing their children’s emotional resilience in the context of bad weather,” he said.

Dr Cobham said the resource combined professional guidance with the views, ideas and experience of parents who have coped with bad weather events.

The researchers are asking parents who are interested in accessing the survival guide to first complete a brief online survey.

“By completing a short questionnaire, parents will help us understand how our resources impact upon their children’s emotional wellbeing”, Dr Cobham said.

“Parents’ survey responses also give us important clues as to how we can improve our materials”, she said.

For more information about this free survival guide, visit or telephone (07) 3365 7307.

Media: Meg Richardson, 33657307 or [email protected] or Caroline Bird (UQ Communications, 07 3365 1931