There’s so much to remember pending the arrival of and during the duration of a catastrophic weather event. Taking a few minutes to prepare in advance can help you stay healthy.
Here are a few easy tips to help you stay healthy.
- Gather all medications, along with a few bottles of water and keep them at hand for ready access. Be sure each medication is in its original container or clearly marked as to what it is and how it should be taken. If possible, have enough bottled water on hand to see you through a minimum of two to three days.
- If any medications require refrigeration, prepare a small cooler and have a Ziploc bag or two of ice, or chemical freeze packs, handy in your freezer for quick deployment. This will ensure the safety and stability of these medications.
- Replace batteries in applicable durable medical devices such as glucose meters or blood pressure meters.
- If your health requires that you give yourself medications by injection, be sure you have a sufficient supply of disposable syringes and needles. You will also need a covered plastic or metal container in which to safely dispose of these supplies after use.
- Need to eat with your medications or to ensure proper blood sugar levels? Prepare a stash of energy bars or other convenient grab-and-go foods such as Sargento’s Balanced Breaks, dried fruits such as cranberries, raisins or banana chips. Pre-packaged servings of Ensure, Boost or Glucerna can be handy also as they do not require refrigeration and are available in handy individual serving sizes.
- Be cautious about eating refrigerated foods or drinking from municipal water supplies after prolonged power outages or if your area has experienced significant flooding that may have affected the water supply. If in doubt, check with your local authorities about the safety of the water system.
- Charge all cell phones. You will want to be able to communicate with emergency personnel if necessary as well as to provide information on your situation to loved ones.
- Invest in a battery operated or “crank” emergency weather radio. This will enable you to get important health and safety updates as they are available.
- Have your personal identification, medical alert information, and your health insurance ID card with you. Hopefully you will not need it, but if you do it will help medical personnel respond to and provide necessary assistance in the most appropriate and expedient manner.
Prepare for your pet’s safety just as you would your own. They too will need an adequate and accessible supply of food, water and medications. Also remember to have leashes, carrier crates and other items for their safety readily at hand. Most importantly, have their collars clearly labeled with your important personal contact information and address. Many animals remain homeless after a natural disaster simply because their owners cannot be identified and contacted for a safe return of these treasured pets.
If you need help, don’t be reluctant to seek assistance. Remember...we’re all in this together! From your friends at ISA, we wish you WELL!