Special Needs Children
Since children with special needs are often on medication and even require special equipment preparing for emergencies is a good idea, creating a plan now can prevent serious problems during an unexpected emergency crisis. this plan should have everything you require for an emergency with your child’s special health care needs and disabilities?
Creating Your Emergency Plan
The best way to prepare an emergency plan is to consider the potential types of emergencies which could happen, plan how to prepare for each one separately. Finally, how to care for your child during each type of emergency, now you need to assess each emergency to be able to prepare for your child’s needs?
Accessing Your Situation
How would you prepare for your family and especially your child with special needs if there was no water, electricity, heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration? What if you had no access to your child’s prescriptions, how would you manage if you were unable to leave your home? These are just some of the most important things you need to consider, but the most important thing for you to consider first is what happens to your child if they are separated from their family?
Planning for ways to provide backup emergency utilities is something every family needs to consider, be familiar where your closes red cross shelter will be located? You are able to use a red cross shelter’s resources even if your family is not seeking shelter there, this is good to know in case of any emergency where you might need access to a red cross shelter. knowing the location of more than one shelter is a good plan, the red cross is available during emergencies so don’t be afraid to use the shelter for your families needs.
- How Will Your Child Receive Treatment & Medication
- Have Emergency Contact Numbers
- Know Your Escape Routes From Your Home
- Clear Exit Paths For Children Using Mobility Equipment
- Find Out If Local Emergency Services Provides For Children With Special Needs
- Consider Creating A Free Emergency Profile With Smart 9-1-1
- Your Child Should Always Be Wearing Medical Alert Identification
- Emergency Plans For Your Child’s School or Daycare
Create A Support Network
It is important you provide a network of family members, neighbors, and friends which your child will feel comfortable with, this is especially important for children with special needs such as autism? Your child’s network should be aware of your child’s special needs, agreeing on a system within your network for signaling for help if the phones, electricity, and internet is down is very important.
Emergency Supply Kits
- Current Copy Of Your Child’s Health Care Plan
- Medical Information
- Medical Records
- Extra Batteries
- Special Dietary Food & Supplies
- Calming Items For Your Child
- Identification Should Be Carried On Your Child In Case Of Separation
- Backup Generator
- Battery Versions Of Medical Equipment
- Manual Wheel Chair If Needed
- Other Non-Electrical Medical Equipment
- Backup Battery Chargers
- Emergency Supplies Of Medications
- Keeping Two Weeks Of Medications Is Recommended
- Prescription Information On Your Child
- Survival Kit Which Includes Your Child’s Name, Location, Phone #, And Out Of Town Pharmacy
What Is On My Mind Today?
Even the most protective family can be separated during an emergency from their special needs child, it is very important to have as much personal and medical information on your child as possible just in case. Many special needs children are not able to communicate well with others, this is especially common among children with autism. Being prepared is your best strategy, with the world the way it is today we just never know what might happen from one day to the next?
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