Being forced to leave home without notice, and without the things that make home a familiar and safe place, is scary for everyone – especially those who have autism or other disabilities and who may rely on constant routines. In any emergency, we must make sure all individuals with disabilities have a plan in place to address their various needs.
Find Temporary Housing
If you have a child or family member with autism and you have been displaced or are in a shelter, register with Unlocking Autism here so they can help you find temporary housing. For family members with sensory needs, try to get to a shelter or hotel, and explain that you need a quiet place for your child, even if it is just temporary so your child can adjust to the new surroundings. (This is more challenging in a shelter, but it can’t hurt to ask.)
Make and Use an Emergency Plan
Easterseals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have good lists on how to plan for emergencies. We recommend taking a look at these when time allows.
For now, here are some key pointers to keep in mind if you need to evacuate or stay where you are for a period of time:
Remember to keep handy this master list of Louisiana Supports and Services for Individuals with Disabilities, Elders and Their Families Affected by Disasters so you can contact the appropriate government agencies for help.
Contact Us for Additional Support
Our team is available to provide resources and support. Call our toll-free number at 844-354-1212 or email us online here.