This is a friendly reminder for ALL of you to register for the 2018 ShakeOut drill! What is the ShakeOut Drill? (And no, it is not a new dance). The best description comes from the organization that hosts this annual event – ShakeOut. Also, below is an explanation from their website with “hyperlinks” to help you learn more.
Many areas of the globe are prone to earthquakes… You could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes: at home, at work, at school or even on vacation. Are you prepared to survive and to recover quickly?
So, NOW is the time to take TWO MINUTES to register your family or organization for this all important safety drill. Remember – some of the worst earthquakes in the United States happen in states like Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Virginia! California and Alaska don’t have the monopoly on earthquake activity in North America! Please don’t be complacent and think, “It can’t happen here” – because history has proven quite the opposite!
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There is a space for writing with a washable marker allows for efficient communication during challenging situations, such as medical emergencies or disasters. Also, numbers, common symbols (such as for email) and the alphabet is included. This card has a special coating for easy cleaning.
This emergency mini – chart has been used by thousands of First Responders and Community Emergency Responder Teams (CERT). Also, valuable for those who work in schools, are involved with service related industries (such as bus drivers, flight attendants, etc.). Restauranteurs and hospitality workers are also using this chart to help customers who are in need of assistance.
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Update: Sadly tornado “season” has been wicked during 2015, therefore I am re – blogging this post that originally posted in 2013. At the bottom of this post are additional safety resources including for earthquake, flood, hurricane, tsunami and wildfire preparedness.
Today there have been a series of tragic tornadoes that have ripped through the heartland of America causing severe devastation, including loss of life. Some of the families impacted who have been impacted have family members with special needs.
In an effort to help families and communities who may have some unique challenges during disasters here is some information:
BEFORE A DISASTER
Be prepared. Alert your local fire department if you have a family member with special needs of any kind, such as physical, sensory, cognitive or other. Included would be family members with dementia, Alzheimer’s or medical problems.
Have a family plan for sheltering in place and evacuation.
Be sure to have an emergency kit in your home and car. To know what should be in your emergency kit go to the RED CROSS Disaster Information page.Don’t forget to add to your kit personal effects, such as your insurance information, copies of marriage and birth certificates and photos of your family members.
For families with children, especially with special needs, have a quick “grab and go” kit of favorite items and things you know will comfort your child during a time of distress. Stuffed animals, battery operated video games, and books or drawing pads all are good things to bring along. So, be prepared in advance with this GRAB AND GO KIT.
Let others know your plans if you need to evacuate. Where you intend to go and how you will try to check in.
WHAT TO DO IF DISASTER STRIKES
Many agencies including FEMA and the RED CROSS offer much information, including for for families with special populations.
GENERAL ASSISTANCE, including Access and Functional Needs Information:
RED CROSSdisaster safety checklist in multiple languges
April is Autism Awareness Month and I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce all of you to a new joint venture between Debi Taylor,Spirit of Autism,and myself. Together we are trying to help educate and potentially save the lives of children with Autism. For a number of years I have trained emergency medical personnel on how to interact and communicate with children with special needs, many who use sign language. Debi, is a paramedic and the mother of a son with Autism. We are “Tweet pals” and have become fast friends and colleagues. Our mission is to help EMS and others be able to assist children and adults with Autism during medical emergencies or disasters.
If you are interested in learning more about our programs please connect here via SIGNING FAMILIES: INFO<at>SigningFamilies<dot>com
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I have written now a few blogs about women who I admire because of their fascinating, inspiring and amusing blogs. Today, I want to feature blogs that are dedicated to our friends within the special education community. As an educator, I admire the people who are in the trenches of special education beyond measure. These are three of my favorite blogs….maybe they will become yours, too!
Tiffani Lawtonis the mom, educator and drive behind one of the best websites for families living with a child with Autism (or on the spectrum). Tiffani recently described OJTA as follows, “Where professionals and parents meet up…. We bring in the private practice community like OT, PT, ST, Sound Therapy, etc. We bring in personal perspectives from individuals on the spectrum. We have mama’s sharing their journey. We have holistic moms sharing their resources.”
Tiffani is tireless. She makes my ADHD self seem in slow motion. Tiffani has added a short-radio program and teleclasses to her platform. This is a must visit site!
The Spirit of Autismis another site generated by the love of a parent and dedicated to helping others. What makes this site extraordinary is that the author is also a paramedic! I have used the amazing materials for First Responders on this website to help others in the medical field understand how to approach a child with autism who during a critical incident or a disaster. I adore this website and think that Debi’s spirit is contagious. Although a niche, this site should be considered a “must bookmark”. Educators take note- there is tons of info here for you , too!
Follow Debi on Twitter as @spiritofautism
The Coffee Klatch is what is RIGHT about social media. Had it not been for TWITTER (@TheCoffeeKlatch or #TCK) I would never have discovered this amazing group.
This group is a wealth of information for so many! A group of parents and experts joining together to be a support and resource for each other! Their social media presence is second to none. On Twitter they conduct frequent forums open to anyone with the hashtag #TCK. Topics range from information about different disorders, to educational assessment, to behavioral strategies recommended by parents and professionals- and much more! Also, they have a presence of FACEBOOK and BLOG TALK RADIO. Note- If you want to know the pulse of what parents are asking or need – look no further than this organization!
Please feel free to add your favorite special education blogs in the comment section!
I wrote a blog earlier this month that highlighted some of my favorite women bloggers. That blog was just the beginning. Please meet some more of my favorite women bloggers and know that there WILL be a Part 3 forthcoming!
It is not easy being a parent and juggling all there is to do in a course of a day! Sometimes raising a family and trying to be a good employee can conflict. Sharon is there to be the voice of reason. Known to many by her popular website: http://www.proactiveparenting.net/ . Sharon also can be found on MOMTV.com and soon in a bookstore near you with her soon to be released parenting book. You will love getting to know Sharon Silver through the many media outlets simply at your fingertips. I am proud to call her a friend for life!
Margaret McSweeney is one of the kindest and gentlest souls I have EVER met! She mixes southern charm with good old city “know how” in all she does. Her passion is to help and support girls/women in crisis. She is deeply rooted in her Christian faith, however is open to discussing on her blog all kinds of topics. I truly am a fan. Margaret, like me, is also an addict of the FLIP Camera! Connect with Margaret on Twitter as @McSweeney
I first met Beth a few months ago in sunny, albeit windy, Chicago. She is a stitch! I must say that I love a woman who brings her laptop to a meet and greet lunch! She is non-stop, highly caffeinated and ultra groovy. She also is a terrific talent, writer and a single mom. Her agenda is to help families, especially mom’s post-divorce. You will LOVE Beth and her Mommy On a Shoe String partner- JENNA RIGGS. I have never met, Jenna in person, but we both have an interest in children’s literacy and the arts. She also is a media personality and quite the traveler. She and Beth have been best friends since college. You have to admire a duo that can sustain such a long and deep friendship through “thick and thin”.
Sometimes you meet people virtually and just know that you could be the best of friends because you both strive for a common cause- that is how I felt when I “met” Debi Taylor from the Sprit of Autism. This mom of a child with Autism also dedicates her energies to being an EMT. She has written some of the soundest informational packets to help Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) learn more about helping children with Autism. I admire her stamina and love her blog. Connect with Debi on TWITTER – @SpiritofAutism