Children First: Stranded With No Power - KOTA Territory News

Children First: Stranded With No Power


A power outage is never convenient. But when it's combined with a crippling blizzard it can push a family to the limits, especially in this digital age.
Here are a few tips to help your young ones get through the next a power outage, without a smart phone, computer or even batteries.

"We kind of knew the power was going to go out because it was flickering on and off for awhile," says Jason and Kara Dymnicki, the power went out during the height of the early October storm, and stayed out.
"We did expect it to be returned fairly quickly and then it wasn't, then the night fell, and then it got really cold. That's when we got the candles and that's when we really began hunkering down because we can't leave and we have no power," say the Dymnicki's.
They were trapped in their home, in the dark, with their two children Payton and Rayna. Fortunately, they were prepared.
"Oddly enough the kids cheered, they went downstairs and got the games, we have kind of been through the drill before when the power goes out," says Jason Dymnicki.

"We have board games, lots of board games, we have like a closet full of board games," says Kara Dymnicki.

Rapid City Library Associate Leanna Bussell says there are many opportunities for entertainment during a power outage if your children grow up with what she calls "the basics."
"A deck of cards. How many of us had decks of cards as young people and all the games we could play. Crazy 8's, War, Slap Jack," says Bussell.
She recommends an emergency kit of sorts.
"Just like you would have an emergency preparedness kit you would have an emergency entertainment kit," she says.
Bussell says children can also make crafts, you can read to them, or have them write a diary of the storm.
"Day 1, stranded with mom and dad. Now what?!"
The Dymnicki's along with Bussell say it's important to keep your children informed, and active.
"Including them in the whole process as far as making the dinners. And digging out the fill and finding the flashlights and candles. It was a whole family event and then they are part of it and not just sitting around bored," say the Dymnicki's.
But no matter what the entertainment, the reaction to the lights coming back on remains the same.
"The power is back the power is back! Oh my gosh yay! Thank you thank you!" say Payton and Rayna, describing their reaction to the lights coming back on.


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