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Medications and Disaster Planning

Medications and Disaster Planning

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Disaster can (and usually does) strike when it’s least expected.┬áThose 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.