Disaster and Emergency Preparedness
Caring for Yourself in an Emergency
Staying healthy is also critical in dealing with a crisis. Consider stocking an emergency travel bag with medical and personal care items you need. Some suggestions:
- A supply of all essential medications. Check with your pharmacist for storage advice and expiration dates.
- Copies of all prescriptions and a list of any implants (like pacemakers), including serial numbers
- An emergency health information card listing all health conditions, allergies to medications, medical equipment you require and any communication challenges you have
- Names and phone numbers of people you may want to contact, including doctors
- Copies of health insurance cards, advance directives and power of attorney
- Basic toiletry items
- A change of clothing, extra eye glasses or contact lenses and extra hearing aid batteries
- Non-perishable foods in easy to open containers.
- A first aid kit. Also, learn first aid techniques, if possible.
- Contact your local fire department or emergency management office to see if they keep a list of people with special medical needs.
- Inform your power company if your are dependent upon electrical power for medical equipment. Priority service may be available for people with special needs.
Be sure to visit Ready.gov, the preparedness Web site of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, for more planning and organizational ideas.