Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Thar She Blows

If you live on the East Coast, you know we are deep in the heart of hurricane season. Though we are already up to names starting with E and F, so far we haven't had anything major roll through town. And after last year's 8 days of no power following a hurricane, I certainly don't want another to come our way. But I do want to be ready.

If a hurricane or other such disaster were to blow your way, do you have an emergency kit prepared? If you or someone in your family is disabled, be sure to include special items in your supply kit in addition to the basic supplies. If you take medicine or use a medical treatment on a daily basis, be sure you have what you need to make it on your own for at least a week, maybe longer.

When assembling your emergency kit, be sure it’s not too heavy or bulky for you to carry. You might need to store items in more than one container or a suitcase with wheels. Here's a list for your consideration:

  • Include extra eye glasses.
  • Hearing aid batteries, wheelchair batteries and oxygen.
  • Make a list of prescription medicines including dosage, treatment and allergy.
  • information. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor about what else you need to prepare.
  • Make sure you have contact numbers for your pharmacy and medical supply providers if you require oxygen, dialysis supplies, diabetes supplies, etc.
    Include a list of doctors, relatives or friends who should be notified if you are hurt.
  • Include copies of important documents in your emergency supply kit.
  • Have copies of your medical insurance and Medicare cards readily available.
  • Keep a list of the style and serial number of medical devices or other life-sustaining devices. Include operating information and instructions.
  • Make sure that a friend or family member has copies of these documents.
  • If you have a communication disability, make sure your emergency information notes the best way to communicate with you.

And in addition to the emergency kit, the Red Cross has developed a really cool iPhone/Android app. It gives instant access to local and real time information on what to do before, during and after hurricanes. And one of its most important features, at least in my opinion, is its One touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets that they are out of harm’s way. Here is a link to download the app from the Red Cross:

Red Cross Hurricane App

Above all else, stay safe!!!


chris said...

Each of the medical devices have their own serial numbers. With this, you would be sure that your medical device is original.

Melanie Pipkin said...

Thanks for spreading the word about our app and about the need to be prepared before a major disaster strikes! I'm with the Red Cross in DC, so we're always trying to help everyone prepare as best they can. Here's hoping for a calm hurricane season, but if it's active, we're ready!