And the answer to that question was no, my teen does not know what to do in a major storm. I hadn't really prepared her for it. She had some idea because we've dealt with major storms while she lived at home, but she didn't have a list of what she needed to prepare. She had no idea that it was good to have cash on hand in case there were no ATMs working. Plus, I told her just before the storm hit to fill her tub and put a bucket in the bathroom so she could flush the toilet if the electricity goes out. She did know to get some bottled water, flashlights, food and batteries. But along with her roommates, they got ready for the storm more as if it was a party instead of a state of emergency. Reminding her that she may need to help neighbors therefore, finding some rain boots and warm clothing was also a good idea. She was lucky that their area wasn't hit as hard as others.
So I got to work on an independent life skills article that helped me organize everything I want to tell my daughter and to share that advice with the parents of teens who visit the site. I hope you find it useful and that you and your family are safe. Learn how here: Teaching Your Teen How to Deal with an Emergency.