How To Prepare a Disaster Kit with a Special Needs Child

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As cities in the East Coast start to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, many people are still searching for loved ones or trying to see if their home is safe to live in.

Imagine being a parent of a young child with autism and finding out your home has been destroyed. Medical information and prescriptions are unsalvageable and your child only has a certain amount left for upcoming doses. Unfortunately, this is a reality for many victims hit by Hurricane Sandy.

Though the news can offer warnings for nearing natural disasters, it is important that parents and families do not wait until the last minute to prepare a disaster kit. Especially if you’re a parent a child with special needs, a disaster kit requires more than items of food and water.

Here are some key items to include in your family disaster kit:

  • Medications – Make sure to have enough to last week with dosage information.
  • Medical Records & Insurance Information – Also Names and contact information for medical providers and personal support assistants.
  • Contact Information for Hosts – Make sure to establish contact with a family member of friend to stay in their home during the period of emergency. Also, make sure to notify others of where you are in the event you need be contacted for any purpose.

Another thing to note is that if you have a communication disability, make sure your emergency information indicates the best way to communicate with you.

These items only provide a starting point as your disaster kit will be for your entire family. For more information on how to prepare a disaster kit with someone who has a disability or special needs, please download Red Cross’s “Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs free booklet.

Source: Disabled World