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Hurricane Irene: How to Prepare

Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the U.S. East Coast with exteme impacts expected through the weekend. Hurricane warnings and watches are posted as far north as New England. Autism Speaks wants to make sure that everyone can be as prepared as possible.

Here are some useful links that will help in storm preparation.

Here Shelley Hendrix shares how to navigate the uncertainties of a natural disaster as the mother of a child on the autism spectrum. She offers some special things to do for families having to evacuate.

The Autism Safety Project provides information for families and First Responders with information and guidelines for communicating with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in emergency situations.

AutismCares Provides Grants for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders During Times of Crisis or Unplanned Hardships

Please everyone be safe and follow all precautions.

Please know that you can always contact the Autism Response Team (ART) members are specially trained to connect families with information, resources and opportunities. Call us at 888-AUTISM 2 (288-4762) or email us at familyservices@autismspeaks.org.

  1. Denise
    August 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Great info Shelly!

  2. August 26, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    i think that we are okay so far, i mean our son doesn’t and won’t really know what is happening and all i can com up with is we have the things we need and we will be as careful as we can be. it does scare me that he has to go through this but we all have to that is how i see it and i will do the best i can..

  3. August 27, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    We’ve just charged up our portable DVD player, which should last six hours. Hoping the Curious George episodes will distract Nate from the storm outside….Stay safe, everyone1

  4. August 27, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I work with Disabled adults, some with Autism, Aspergers and various other mental disabilities. They live on their own in the community, I have the higher functioning bunch. But I was asked to go have a ‘sleep over’ with some roommates who are a bit anxious.
    I know they will be fine, it’s really the work up to it and all the news reports that is worrying them. My own son (12 with Autism) will be home with his brothers and Dad. Thankfully only about 5 minutes from where I will be.
    I have been trying to make this sound like an adventure! To all my guys, young and old! I told them it will be like camping inside, we may lose power, but we will be safe.
    Thanks for the resources!

  5. Jennifer Rose
    August 29, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    It can be scary during a hurricane even if nothing too bad happens to you. Two nights ago my autistic sister was wailing her eyes out (it being her first night back home from camp didn’t help much.) And she got a little nervous when the power went out, but she seemed to be really interested in the power outages. We thought of creative things to do during the day (since it was too wet to play outside.) We could sing and play with stuffed animals, for example.

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