Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Emergency Planning Resources
Emergency Planning Essentials for Professional Responders
A person with ASD is more likely to have an emergency encounter with police, fire or Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals than a person without ASD. Individuals with ASD may not comprehend and so respond differently or adversely to emergency responder protocols.
Verbal direction, physical touch, strobe lights and sirens are likely to cause a heightened state of anxiety that impedes effective communication and may result in a "fight or flight" response.
Greater awareness, education and training, and information on what to do when interacting with a person with ASD can increase emergency responder effectiveness, expedite emergency assistance, lead to better results, and assure the safety of all involved. Take these actions to be prepared so you can respond and communicate most effectively with individuals with ASD in your community!
For All Responders
- Visit the Emergency Preparedness sections at the websites of the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities at http://www.mnddc.org/emergency-planning/asd-emergency-planning.html and The Autism Society of Minnesota at www.ausm.org for a General Awareness presentation for Professional Responders
- Autism Risk Management
- Autism Alert
- The Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition (all disciplines)
- Residential Emergency Management Contacts
- One Hour Self Study for Responders (Awareness of Developmental Disabilities including Autism)
- Minnesota State Council on Disabilities EP Resources
For Law Enforcement
- Law Enforcement Video: https://www.autismriskmanagement.com
- Law Enforcement Training and Handout from AuSM
- Autism and Law Enforcement On Scene Response Cards
For Fire, EMS, Rescue
For Emergency Managers
(Note: Some products consist of device plus service or application, and some applications require a Smartphone or tablet and may not be available for all operating systems.)
Bracelet/band worn around wrist or ankle – register with local law enforcement
- Project Lifesaver (Telemetry) – currently used by Saint Paul Police Department, Ramsey County Sheriff's Department and 20 other jurisdictions in MN. Most widely supported and 100% success rate in communities that support. Not all persons are comfortable with the device and not all communities have a community supported recovery program.
Devices with Monitoring
Devices that support network monitors
- TrackMe360 (satellite GPS available for purchase or rent on a temporary basis)
- SecuraTrac (GPS)
- Amber Alert GPS
- GPS Locater
Phone Apps (track, monitor and alert)
Person Specific Information for First Responders
(sample form for wandering registration)