The Autism Society of North Carolina would like to partner with you to keep your family safe. With hurricane season upon us, and Hurricane Irma possibly heading toward North Carolina in coming days, we wanted to share some information to help you prepare.
We have created two social narratives that you may find useful for your loved one with autism:
For up-to-date information, please monitor local news and use the ReadyNC website.
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. If you have duplicates of comfort 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. 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.
Keep updated. The ReadyNC website also offers updated information on the forecast, government announcements, traffic, shelters, flooding, and more. Download the app to your phone for easy access. If the hurricane does affect North Carolina, we will post updates about our services on our website, www.autismsociety-nc.org and on Facebook and Twitter.
For more information and products to keep your loved ones safe, including printables and decals for your home or vehicle, see our website.
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