Have a Family Discussion about an Emergency Preparedness Plan
- Use a social story to help explain what changes will take place for children and adults with disabilities. CARD has a fantastic one that I plan on using!
Review behavior plans and start planning prevention strategies for potential situations that may trigger behavior issues-
- Keep headphones and devices charged for helping with noise and overwhelming sounds
- Try to have pictures available on the places you plan to stay (relatives home, shelter, etc.)
- Call shelters in advance and ask about how to secure an area that is the furthest from busy noise, foot traffic, etc.
- Complete a Sensory Friends Special Needs Emergency Information Form
Prepare a Box/Bin of Important Documents and Item
- Social Security Cards, Birth/Marriage Certificates
- Will, Deeds, Leases,
- Passports, Green Cards, Business and other Licenses and certificates
- Special Albums, Pictures, etc.
Prepare a duffel bag for each family member
- 2/3 days of clothing (socks, undergarments, shorts, t-shirt, Pj’s, pants, etc.)
- At least 7 days of needed medication in zip lock with written instruction for dosage
- Emergency Blanket/Sleeping Bag
- Travel size bag of toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, body soap, deodorant, hand sanitizer, hand wipes, tissue)
- Contact Lenses/cases, solution, glasses, etc.
- Small flashlight
- Non-surgical Mask
- Chargers for Devices
- Extra Batteries
- 2 Way Radio/ Battery operated radio
- Toys, devices (remember to have them fully charged)
- Sensory Friends Emergency Information Form
Keep all Devices and Equipment Charged
Things happen quickly during these types of situations and you don’t want to have to worry about your scooter or wheelchair not being available.
Make sure to have cash on hand
Keep Your Car Tank Full!
Move Outdoor Furniture/Items Inside
If Possible, Move Things to Higher Ground
Examples of these items are:
- Flat Screen TV’s
- Stereo, speakers, turn-tables
- DVD Players
- Secure Family picture frames, Portraits of Art, or other Wall décor in a safe room
- File cabinets, designer chairs or other light furniture
Try to have enough food and drink for each family member for at least 3 days:
- Water – 1 26/pack of drinking water for each family member, and 3-1 Gal containers of water for each of us to use for bathing. This is good for 3 days’ supply (it’s a little over with our individual packs of bottled water).
- Bread – You can also freeze some if you need to.
- Peanut Butter
- Cereal/Granola Bars
- Peanuts/Trail Mix
- Cans of Tuna (some come in packs w/mayo)
- Cans of Vienna Sausage/Spam/Chili/Beefaroni, etc.
- Ramen Noodle Cups
- Can opener
- Medium pot for boiling water/Canned goods, etc.
- Portable Single Burner with Propane
- Paper Plates, Cups, Napkins
- Disposable Spoons, Forks and Knives
- Waterproof Matches
- Battery operated lantern
- Multi-function Swiss Knife
- Sewing kit
- Safety Goggles
- Dust Masks
Know Your Community
Centers for Independent Living
American Red Cross Evacuation and Emergency Plans
Find an open shelter
Emergency Preparedness Tool Kit for Individuals with Disabilities
I hope you found this list helpful. We might not know exactly what to expect, but the hope is that we are prepared as best as we can for whatever mother nature brings our way. If you have any ideas to share that you didn't see on our list - please share them in the comments.
Thank you and stay safe dear friends.