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Disaster Preparedness for Families living with Autism and to the Differently-Abled Community

Posted January 13, 2021 from Philippines
Disaster Preparedness for Families living with Autism and to the Differently-Abled Community

We give our BIG THANK YOU to our World Pulse PH speaker Sir Mark Anthony Padil who shared his expertise on “Disaster Preparedness for Families living with Autism and to the Differently-Abled Community” last January 10, 2021. 

Our first webinar this year of 2021.

Here is an excerpt from Sir Mark Anthony Padil’s presentation about 3 steps on Disaster Preparedness for Families living with Autism or living with person with disability

Step 1. Get a Kit

  1. Basic supplies – bottled water, food, battery powered radio, flashlight, first aid kit, facemask, whistle, toiletries, multi tools, local maps and food for your pets
  2. Include Medications and Medical supplies – have what you need on hand for atleast a week. Have a copy of prescriptions.
  3. Go Kit – extra eye glasses, extra batteries for hearing aid, alert tags, written description, copies of medical description, battery charger for motorized wheelchair, medical alert tags or bracelet, supplies of your service animal, laminated personal communication board, extra oxygen.
  4. Include Emergency Documents - put important documents on flash drive, family records.  Put all important documents place it on a waterproof container, cash, personal hygiene.

Step 2. Make a Plan

  1. Create a Personal Support Network – list down a family/friends and others who will be part of your plan. Talk to them and ask them to be your support. Include a friend or family who are not in your area who will not be impacted during emergency.
  2. Develop a Family Communication Plan – in different situations consider a plan where each family member’s calls or send a text message or emails the same friend or relative in event of emergency.
  3. Deciding to Stay or Go – depend on the nature of your circumstance you will decide when to stay or go, use common sense and available information to determine if there is immediate danger.
  4. Consider your Services Animal or Pets - keep in mind, what’s best for you is also best for your animals.  Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work to both of you.
  5. Staying Put – whether you are at home or elsewhere, stay where you think is best and safe for you.
  6. Evacuation – plan how you will get away or anticipate where you will go.  Choose several destinations in different directions. If elevator is not working, make a back up plan in case they are not working.
  7. Fire Safety – plan two ways out in case of fire. Check items that will fall and block your escape path and any hazards that keep you from safely leaving a building during an emergency

Step 3. Be Informed. It’s important to stay informed about what might happen and know what types of emergencies are likely to affect your region.

A correct way to address a person with autism is “Person with Autism”. 

If you are referring to a person who is wheelchair bound you say “Person who uses Wheelchair”. 

If a person is down syndrome you may call him/her “Person who has down syndrome”

Use the word Disaster Survivor instead of disaster victim.

Prepare Autism Responders Kit or Calm Down Kit, simply as a Toy Box – in case of evacuation your kid has something to play and be redirected.

Quotes from famous leader/writer:

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” Bejamin Franklin

“Remember: When disaster strikes, the time to prepare has passed” Steven Cyros

Preparedness, when properly pursued, is a way of life, not a sudden, spectacular program” Spencer W. Kimball

You may watch complete video here:


Mark Anthony Padil is a graduate of BS Physical Therapy from Our Lady of Fatima University last 2002.  Since then, he worked in many respected institutions working with individuals with autism, as a Behavior therapist or Shadow Teacher in school, center and home-based environments.  He is the founder and educator of Autism Response PH. 

Autism Response PH is the sole pioneer on Autism Safety in the Philippines and provides Autism Awareness Training for Emergency Responders with information and guidelines for recognition, response and communicating with person with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in emergency situations to both local Government Units, DRRMs, NUP and uninformed personnel of the Government (Land-Air and Sea).

You can also reach the Autism Response PH by Mobile 0929-7055900, email: [email protected] or send a message to @AutismResponsePH


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Jill Langhus
Jan 13
Jan 13

Hi Again Mae Ann,

This sounds like a great, informative webinar. Thanks for conducting, and sharing, too. Hope you have a great, rest of your week.

Jan 15
Jan 15

Thank you Jill, hope you had a great week too.

Jill Langhus
Jan 15
Jan 15

You're welcome. Thanks!

Hello, Mae Ann,

Wow, this is an important topic! Thank you for sharing the link with us. I'm grateful that my husband works in development work because he is equipped with emergency response and disaster preparedness. But the end of the day, we are grateful for the grace of God talaga. Kudos to you and Sir Mark for teaming up! This is such a great resource for families of children with special needs.

Jan 18
Jan 18

Hi Karen,

I'm very glad that Sir Mark connect with me. I have so many things to learn from him. He is doing this because he himself has a special child. He has a heart for this advocacy. Thank you for your support as always.

Wow! Amazing and inspiring! You're welcome, dear. :)