Prepare two kinds of plans

Everyone, but especially those caring for children with disabilities, should make plans to deal with weather-related or other emergencies that leave your home without electricity, gas or water. In Texas, we could be affected by tornados, hurricanes, or wildfire, just to name a few.

In emergencies, there are two basic responses: evacuate, or shelter-in-place. As a parent of a child with a disability, it’s especially important to have a plan for each.

If you have to evacuate, everyone in your family should know the exit plan and where to meet. Physical obstacles for a child with a disability either need to be removed or positioned so they can be moved. If you have to take shelter in the place where you are, make sure you have all the necessary equipment and medicine on hand and readily available.