If you are looking for ways to talk to your kids about hurricanes, Sesame Street has a few pointers. In the midst of the city’s recovery from the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, New York’s public radio station, WNYC, had a special visitor: Elmo. The furry red monster stopped by the Brian Lehrer Show to talk to kids about hurricanes and even took questions from a call-in audience of all ages. During the segment, Elmo confessed that he was scared during Sandy, even though he was with his mommy and daddy. The biggest question on Elmo’s mind, though, was, “Will the wind ever stop blowing?” (You can listen to the segment here.)
This isn’t the first time that Sesame Street has weighed in on disaster preparation. The popular PBS children’s television show released a special hurricane episode in which Big Bird, Elmo, Oscar the Grouch and the rest of the residents of Sesame Street prepare for and ride out a hurricane. The episode shows the residents learning about hurricanes from NBC’s Al Roker as well as reporter Kermit the Frog. Then the Sesame Street gang learns the importance of stocking up on flashlights, collecting food, taping up windows and bringing things in from outside as well as how to stay safe during a storm.