As you all most likely know, there are multiple deadly fires happening in the state of California. I have gotten multiple emails from viewers asking if my family and I are okay. We are safe and out of harm's way. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.
As we come upon Thanksgiving, these tragedies have had me thinking about what would happen if my community was under evacuation orders. I clearly remember the fires about five years ago that were only a few miles away from my house. I also vaguely remember about ten years ago when my family and I were in Hawaii on vacation and we received a call from a family member saying that our house was under mandatory evacuation due to fire.
I am constantly aware that anytime throughout the year, but especially during the fire season months, fires can pop up anywhere and everywhere. During these times I find myself thinking about what I would bring if my house was under mandatory evacuation again. When I was a little boy, my parents would have probably packed my stuffed animals and heavy blankets (if there was time). Without these objects, I would have had such a hard time. I would’ve been in a new environment, possibly with unfamiliar people. The stress of not knowing my house’s condition would be overwhelming. Now, I would probably want to bring all of my writing and business equipment, as these two activities calm me down and bring me joy. If you have a child with Autism, take a moment to think about the important items that you would need to gather!
If you are affected by the California wildfires and have someone with Autism in your family, do not hesitate to reach out to the Los Angeles Autism Society, the Ventura County Autism Society, or the Autism Society of America for support and resources.
Note: I would like to wish all of my viewers a happy Thanksgiving holiday! Please review my post from last year for some insightful tips!