The National Autism Association is committed to those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who may be prone to wandering off or eloping from a safe environment, and may be unable to recognize danger and/or stay safe. Wandering, elopement, “running” or fleeing behaviors among those within our community not only present unique safety risks, but also create extraordinary worry and stress among caregivers. Drowning fatalities following wandering incidents remain a leading cause of death among those with ASD. As such, the National Autism Association provides direct assistance to caregivers, educators and first responders. The Big Red Safety Box is a free-of-charge toolkit given to autism families in need as a means to educate, raise awareness and provide simple tools that may assist them in preventing, and responding to, wandering-related emergencies. NAA’s Big Red Safety Box includes the following resources:

1) Our Be REDy Booklet containing the following educational materials and tools:

  •  A Caregiver Checklist
  •  A Family Wandering Emergency Plan
  •  A First-Responder Profile Form
  •  A Wandering-Prevention Brochure
  •  A Sample IEP Letter
  •  A Student Profile Form
  • Emotion Identification Cards
  • Wandering Quick Tips

2) Two (2) GE Wireless Door/Window Alarms with batteries

3) One (1) RoadID Bracelet or Shoe ID tag*

4) Five (5) Adhesive Stop Sign Visual Prompts for doors and windows

5) Two (2) Safety Alert Window Clings for car or home windows

6) One (1) Red Safety Alert Wristband

7) One (1) Child ID Kit from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

*You will receive instructions in your Big Red Safety Box to submit a custom personalization order for your RoadID bracelet or shoe ID tase at Your ID will be quickly engraved and mailed to you at no charge.

Regardless of any tools caregivers may have in place, if a loved one’s medical condition interferes with their ability to recognize danger or stay safe, it is critical that caregivers maintain close supervision and security in all settings. For more information and ways to prevent wandering-related incidents, please visit

Those diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, and who are at risk of wandering/bolting from a safe environment, qualify to receive a Big Red Safety Box while supplies allow. Limit one (1) box per family – previous recipients are not eligible. Recipients must agree to terms and conditions. Please allow up to three weeks for your Big Red Safety Box request to be processed and delivered to you. NAA’s Big Red Safety Boxes are packaged and shipped with care by a company employing adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.


Nebraska Pick-Up Locations

ASD Network- ESU #7
2657 44th Avenue
Columbus, NE 68601
Contact: Sonja Chatfield-Peetz– (402) 564-0815

ASD Network- ESU #10
76 Plaza Boulevard
P.O. Box 850
Kearney, NE 68848
Contact: Dawna Sigurdson– (308) 237-5927

ASD Network- ESU #13
4215 Avenue I
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Contact: Ashley Meyer– (308) 635-3696

Autism Family Network
5730 R Street, #2
Lincoln, NE 68505
Contact: Vicki Depenbusch– 402-421-0874

Behaven Kids
8922 Cuming Street
Omaha, NE 68114
Contact: Lindsey Stanley- 402-450-6187

Childhood Autism Services, Inc.
945 North Adams Street
Papillion, NE 68046
Contact:Terri Newton– 402-916-4539

Disability Rights Nebraska
134 South 13th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Contact: Tania Diez– 402-474-3183

Kids and Dreams Foundation
Contact: Aaron Bly– 308-830-0225

Monroe-Meyer Institute
444 South 42nd Street
Omaha, NE 68105
Contact: Maggie Neujahr– 402-559-5109

Monroe-Meyer Institute- Kearney
Contact: Candi Koenig– 308-698-1266

Ollie Webb
1641 South 42nd Street, #122
Omaha, NE 68105
Contact: Amanda Wells– 402-346-5220 x-19

Omaha Police Department- Northeast Precinct
4316 North 30th Street
Omaha, NE 68111
Contact: Theola Cooper– 402-444-3367
Please call to schedule a pick up time.

Omaha Police Department- Northwest Precinct
10245 Wiesman Drive
Omaha, NE 68134
Contact: Lauren Genier– 402-444-7555
Please call to schedule a pick up time.

Omaha Police Department- Southeast Precinct
2475 Deerpark Blvd.
Omaha, NE 68105
Contact: Ofelia Robles– 402-444-7743
Please call to schedule a pick up time.

Omaha Police Department- Southwest Precinct
5111 South 135th Street
Omaha, NE 68137
Contact: Vanessa Urbach– 402-444-7928
Please call to schedule a pick up time.

Pediatric Therapy Center
10601 South 72nd Street
Omaha, NE 68046
Contact: Sherry Landes– 402-932-2782

PTI Nebraska
1941 South 42nd Street
Omaha, NE 68105
Contact: Jenn Miller

Radical Minds
Contact: Corey Cuhrs

Stones Worth Stepping
600 North 93rd Street
Omaha, NE 68114
Contact: Emily Worth

The Spectrum Center
Contact: Sarah Kuhl– 308-224-0466

Williamsburg Behavior- Parent Support Group
3801 Union Drive, #206
Lincoln, NE 68516
Contact: Erica Drake– 402-489-2218