Disaster Preparedness Tips for Families Affected by Autism
With the help of renowned emergency preparedness expert Dennis Debbaudt, who has a son with autism, and Autism Society Board Member Ruth Elaine Hane, the Autism Society – with support from NASCAR driver and Autism Society friend Jamie McMurray – is committed to helping families with special needs prepare for emergencies. During any emergency, whether it be weather-related or man-made, we want those in the autism community to be prepared.
Should you have access to a video recorder or camera, it is strongly recommended that you videotape your property and important possessions. Then, send copies of those photos or videos to a friend or family member in another location for safe keeping.
Tip #1. Practice calm
Parents and care providers need to project a demeanor of calm during a disaster or emergency, even if we’re not! Children and adults on the spectrum may sense your emotional state – and mimic it. Practice for and prepare to project a sense of calm.