- How did Abby and her husband get to their children?
- Did they have a family communications plan?
- Were they prepared for a tornado?
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Abby's Story #OKwx #OKready
With two autistic children ages three and five, Abby’s life revolves around her family’s routine. Between therapies, school and gymnastics, she manages over 30 appointments a week. She says, “Routine is everything to autistic kids. It reduces their anxiety.” On a warm day in May 2013, Abby saw the routine she had carefully constructed destroyed by an EF-5 tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma and neighboring Oklahoma City.
Although forecasts that day called for severe weather, Abby and her husband wanted to take advantage of a rare day off and went to a movie. She says, “We thought, we are going to a movie, it is two hours, [it’s] not even raining outside, if something is going to get bad then it will get bad later tonight.” About halfway through the movie, Abby got a call from the daycare center across the street from where her children were playing—a tornado was coming and they were evacuating the children to a storm shelter.
Find out what happened by watching the latest America’s PrepareAthon!disaster survivor video, “It Started Like Any Other Day.”
Thanks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for this information.
Posted by Lloyd Colston at 10:42 AM
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