Day 176: Emergency Preparedness

Hurricane Sandy is a huge storm that has been dubbed “Frankenstorm” in relation to the size of it, the closeness to Halloween and the destruction of this storm of the year.

I have been searching online for tips on how to prepare for this storm and it should be noted that folks with children with Autism need to take special precautions.

It is especially important for families to have plan in the event of sudden emergencies like fire or tornado, since the possibility of getting separated from your children exists and can be avoided if a plan is prepared ahead of time.

Come up with a plan for your family.  Know what you are going to do if you have to evacuate, where you are going to go and what you will need to take.  Know your supports and use them, such as family or friends to turn to for help.  Pack a kit of absolute necessities including communication aids, meds., health cards and insurance documents.  Have clothing, pull ups and wipes and special toys ready in a special backpack for your children and don’t forget to include security items like blankets and fidget toys.

Have a plan for when the power goes out.  Know what you will do with your children when there is no electronics to entertain.  Have flashlights in a known location and extra batteries on hand.  Charge cell phones, laptops, iPads etc.

If your children can not communicate it would be good to post signs on the doors to inform emergency workers of children who will not be able to respond to them.  I have read about parents creating an “All about Me” book to have on hand for emergency personnel.

Have emergency food supplies on hand and keep this in mind also for children with special diets.  Make a menu up of non-perishable foods and how to prepare them and keep ingredients on hand.  Water is needed in emergencies for both drinking and for cleaning.  Have extra supplies for toiletting on hand.  It is suggested that people have 72 hrs. worth of food and other necessities on hand.

If you are aware of a possible emergency for example a hurricane is forecasted to hit your area, then do the laundry and dishes so that they are not piled up and dirty when you have no power.  It is also advised to de-clutter so that you don’t trip over things in the dark.

I hope this storm isn’t as bad as it could be and that we all fair well through it all.  Keep tight and safe!


  1. Meredith October 29, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    My 3-year-old son was diagnosed with autism in August, and I have loved reading your series. Thank you so much for sharing part of your family’s story.

  2. Janice November 3, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    It was hard doing this every day and I slacked at the end but I am glad I could get some useful information out there. I didn’t have so much info. when my boys were diagnosed over ten years ago. Are you in Canada, Meredith? I hope you can get good services for your son wherever you are. It really helps to start when they are young.


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