Hurricane Preparedness

hurricane prepYour healthcare and well-being should always be a top priority. This is especially true during hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 to November 30.

It’s a good idea to have a plan in place in case of an emergency. In an ideal situation, you’ll have evacuation routes planned, gas in the car, and bottled water and nonperishable foods on hand. Although you can’t plan for everything, being proactive about basic needs like transportation and health goes a long way to prepare you for whatever Mother Nature sends your way.

Decide what your plan will be in the event of an emergency. Share that information with family, friends and trusted neighbors.

Emergency and Urgent Care
If you are in need of emergency care (when you reasonably believe your health is in serious danger) after you have evacuated, go immediately to the nearest emergency department. Should you need immediate medical help, but your health is not in serious danger, visit the nearest urgent care center.

Prescription Drugs
It’s very important to prevent any interruptions in your medication. When a tropical storm warning is issued for your area, work with your doctor and pharmacy to ensure you have at least a two-week supply of your maintenance medications (medications you take on a daily basis for chronic conditions).

If you receive dialysis, ask your dialysis center for a medical packet with your orders. Keep this information in your hurricane kit, so you will be sure to bring it with you during an evacuation. Follow any instructions your dialysis center gives you. Also, ask your health plan whether there are limitations on where you can continue receiving dialysis. And, if you have an evacuation plan in place and know where you will be going, it’s a good idea to get a listing of dialysis centers in that area, along with their hours of operation and phone numbers.

Click here to download our Hurricane Preparation check list.