5 tips to help you medically prepare for a hurricane
Take the hurry out of disaster planning by getting your things in order.
Johnny Woodhouse Published: 8/29/2019
If you live in Florida, you probably know how to prepare your home and property for a major weather event such as a hurricane or a flash flood. But during these extended emergencies, people often overlook their crucial medical needs.
If you have a child or a family member with a chronic illness requiring specialized medical services, here are five things to consider:
- Determine how to reach your doctors or specialists in the event that their offices are closed.
- Create a paper or electronic copy of all significant contact information for medical providers, pharmacies, hospitals (https://www.baptistjax.com/emergency-alert), insurance and other health care services you may need.
- Make a list of all your current medications, including drug name, dose and frequency.
- Have at least a week’s supply of prescription and over-the-counter medication on hand.
- If you are ordered to evacuate, plan which medical devices you will need to take with you.
A person with medical needs or their caretaker must have a greater level of preparedness than the average individual. Act earlier when there is a hurricane threat, even if the threat is a week away. In addition, evacuate before the masses so you’re not sitting in highway traffic, and let family members know where you’re going and how to reach you.
If you decide to shelter in place, many emergency management agencies will assist those requiring specialized medical services at home during a storm. If you require special needs, register now with the State Emergency Response Team.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, planning and preparing can make a big difference in safety and resiliency in the wake of a hurricane.
To learn how to be better prepared this hurricane season, visit ready.gov.