Hurricane Preparedness: Medication and Medical Supplies

Even if you do not use a computer, put important information onto a flash drive or mobile device for easy transport in the event of an evacuation. Have your medical professionals update it every time they make changes in your treatment or care.

  • Maintain a list of phone numbers for your doctors, pharmacy, service providers and medical facilities.
  • Ask your local pharmacy or doctor to provide a list of your prescription medicine and medically prescribed devices.
  • Make hard copies and maintain electronic versions, including a portable thumb drive containing:
    • Medical prescriptions
    • Doctors’ orders for Durable Medical Equipment, Consumable Medical Supplies and assistive devices that you use.  Include the style and serial numbers of the support devices you use and where you purchased them.
    • Medical insurance cards, Medicare or Medicaid card, a list of your allergies, and your health history.
    • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services online tool helps people locate and access their electronic health records from a variety of sources: http://healthit.gov/bluebutton
  • If you own a medical alert tag or bracelet, wear it. Keep medical alert tags or bracelets or written descriptions of your disability and support needs, in case you are unable to describe the situation in an emergency.
  • If possible, stock extra over the counter and prescription medicine, oxygen, insulin, catheters, feeding tubes, cannulas, tubing, trach tubes, wipes, pads, undergarments, ostomy supplies, leg bags, adhesive and other medical supplies you use.
  • If you have allergies or chemical or environmental sensitivities, be sure to include cleaning, filtering and personal items that you may be able to use to decrease the impact of irritants as much as possible.
  • If you work with a medical provider or organization to receive life sustaining medical treatment such as dialysis, oxygen, or cancer treatment, work with the provider in advance of an emergency to identify alternative locations where you could continue to receive treatment if you are unable to go to your regular medical provider.
  • If you receive in-home assistance or personal assistance services and meals on wheels, work with your provider agency in advance of an emergency and develop a backup plan for continued care.
  • Ask how you can continue to receive services from providers such as disability, mental and behavioral health and social service providers, or medical and life alert services.

From Ready.Gov.