I live in Los Angeles with my two children on the Autism Spectrum.Â Having been through several Earthquakes over the years I have been accustomed to having an earthquake kit for my home.
Â Currently we have two suitcases and a duffel bag that are packed with essentials should we have to run out the door in an emergency situation.
The car also has a package of diapers, crackers, books, health supplies, towels and water. The duffel bag contains a large stack of negatives for our photo collection. Some of the other items I have in this duffel bag include:
letters of reference from custody hearing
SSI award letters
copies of Social Security cards and my drivers license
copies of birth certificates
my childhood photos
copy of recent IEP
deck of cards
notebook for drawing
One suitcase contains clothing for all three of us. Each season I go through this suitcase to toss out old clothes that no longer fit and replace with current seasonal items. I have sheets, garbage bags, and raincoats inside as well.
The remaining suitcase is for all health and beauty related items. I stock a variety of batteries. Each time a major disaster occurs around the country I use that time to stock up on more batteries. A local dollar store is perfect for this purchase. We have extra prescription medications in here that I continue to rotate with newer ones. My asthma medication and cortisone ointments and creams are stored inside along with a supply of the antipsychotic medication Matthew takes and the chewable Melatnonin that Nicholas takes.
Other items include:
straws, plastic spoons and forks
boxes of sample sized soap
toothbrushes and toothpaste
first aid cots (for finger tips)
Dr. Spock book
Recently we were in a financial crunch for a week when my paycheck was late and my car was in need of repairs. I was able to gather supplies from my suitcase and car to help out with toiletries we needed in the home. I kept these items on my shopping list and replenished the suitcase supply.
You might also want to think about some fidgets and small items that your child enjoys to pack a duplicate one in your car and/or emergency kit in the home. If your child uses PECS - the Picture Exchange Communication system, think about storing some in your car and home for emergency purposes.
* - This is an excerpt from my article entitled, Prepare now - Essential items for the family with an autisitc child, and can be read in its entirety here along with photos and links to relevant items: