Dear Families, Friends, and Supporters,
As we find ourselves in the possible path of a hurricane, we share your concern about the safety of your loved ones. We wanted to take a moment to let you know that ASNC is here for your family.
To help you prepare, we are sharing some helpful resources on our website:
- Social narrative about evacuating for a storm
- Social narrative on how to stay safe at home during a storm
- Blog post about how to deal with interrupted routines when bad weather cancels work and school
- Tips sheet on building a sensory kit
For up-to-date information, please monitor local news and use the ReadyNC website, which offers news on forecasts, government announcements, traffic, shelters, flooding, and more. Download the app to your phone for easy access.
Ways to prepare
First, try not to alarm your loved one with autism. Keep as many routines in place as possible while preparing for the possible emergency. If they have questions, try using visual aids such as social narratives or checklists to explain to them what you are doing to prepare. Focus on the positive: Your family might have to do some new things to prepare, but you will be safe.
Assemble items for an emergency. The ReadyNC website provides helpful information on building an emergency kit. Do that now, so you will be prepared if a storm does strike.
- In addition to the usual list of water, nonperishable food, and first-aid items, add anything that will reduce stress for your loved one with autism. Here is a tips sheet on building a sensory kit, which can provide comfort. If you have duplicates of items such as favorite toys or blankets, add them to your kit. If not, add a list of those items that you will pack at the last minute in case of evacuation.
- Include extra batteries or rechargeable power blocks for electronics and items such as iPads or phones.
- If your family takes any medications, be sure you have enough on hand for several days.
- Also remember to have some cash in case power is out and you cannot use credit or debit cards.
Consider evacuating. If you have a safe place to which you can evacuate, it may be easier to do it sooner rather than later, when many others are on the move. The NCDOT posts safe evacuation routes online; please remember that GPS and apps may not always be updated for road closings. If state or local officials advise evacuation, please take their recommendation seriously. First responders may not be able to get to your family if you stay and need assistance later. If you need a place to stay, check the Red Cross website for a list of shelters.
Like you, we will be watching the forecast and wishing for the hurricane to dissipate soon. Let us know if we can help you and your family; call us at 800-442-2762.
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