Medications and Disaster Planning

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Disaster can (and usually does) strike when it’s least expected. Those who depend on medications to manage their health conditions need to do some extra prep to increase their chances of surviving a catastrophe.

These are some steps you can take to prepare for an emergency.

  • Know the names and strengths of your medications and how often they are to be taken.
  • Learn which medicines are absolutely necessary for survival.
  • Keep at least a two-week emergency supply of medicines on hand at all times. Check expiration dates regularly and rotate the medicines in your emergency supply.
  • If you are have insulin-dependent diabetes, keep a supply of sugar, glucose tablets or other sweet foods to treat reactions.
  • If you work outside the home, maintain a supply of your medications at your workplace.
  • Wear a medical emblem and carry your medical information card with you at all times.
  • Keep a two- to three-day supply of medications in your hand-carried baggage when you travel.
  • If you wear prescription lenses, keep an extra pair of eyeglasses with your emergency supplies.

 

Source: Satellite Healthcare, Inc.

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