Children In Disasters Real Stories: Children with Special Needs

 Photo of tornado shelter sign.

“Shelter in Place: Reagan’s Story”

Living in a small town in tornado alley, Angelia had always prepared for being in a storm shelter for a couple of hours to ride out a storm.

 Photo of girl in kitchen.

“On the Go in an Emergency: Stephanie’s Story”

A major flood swept through Cathy’s town, resulting in 4,000 homes and businesses being destroyed, unclean public water, limited access to local food, and displaced individuals with developmental disabilities.

 Zac posing in his wheel chair for his baseball team photo.

“Preparing Brings Peace of Mind: Zac’s Story”

Zac’s family had to evacuate much longer than expected when Hurricane Katrina hit. Having Zac’s medical information in print and electronic format and extra medical supplies helps ensure Zac gets consistent care in an evacuation.

 Cars along wildfire evacuation route. Wildfire in the background.

“Fire in the Night: Iris’ Story”

Without notice, a wildfire can force families out of their homes, making it difficult to gather critical supplies, especially if you have a child with special medical needs. In case of an evacuation, make sure that an emergency kit, which includes medical supplies and equipment, is a part of your disaster plan.