Medical Reminders to Help You Prepare for a Hurricane
Get a 30-day supply of necessary medications
. If you are taking prescription medications and normally purchase them
from your local pharmacy, try to have a 30-day supply on hand. This is
not as easy as it sounds — many insurance companies will not authorize
the filling of additional days or months worth of a medication unless
ordered by the state to do so in emergency situations, such as natural
disasters. Make your medication plan now. This plan should include speaking
with a health insurance representative, pharmacist or your physician about
options to acquire extra medications, one of which may include paying
cash for your 30-day supply.
Call your dialysis center for a temporary plan of care.
If you are on dialysis, call your dialysis center to make a plan of action
for your care. Do not miss a treatment prior to bad weather and make sure
to follow your doctor-ordered diet very closely. Read the patient care
information provided to you by your doctor. It includes medical information
to assist you and phone numbers to the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
Network. Only your doctor can recommend if it is medically safe for you
to miss treatments and can advise you on whether or not you should be
admitted to a hospital during a hurricane. Special needs shelters do not
offer dialysis and some centers may be closed during a hurricane. When
the storm passes, contact your dialysis center for further instructions
or go to your hospital for short-term care if your center is closed.
The hospital is not a county shelter.
County shelters are designated throughout the county, mostly in elementary
schools. The hospital is not a designated shelter and does not take evacuees.
In North Brevard, the designated shelters are located at Mims, Apollo,
and Imperial Estates elementary schools.
Make shelter arrangements if you are oxygen dependent.
You may be eligible for care at a special needs shelter, based on your
medical needs and availability. If you are an oxygen-dependent person,
be sure to get your oxygen tanks filled. You should try to have two days
worth of oxygen on hand. Also make shelter arrangements now. If you do
not plan to evacuate, contact the Brevard County Office of Emergency Management
at 321-637-6670 for more information on how to register for special needs
shelter. If you wait until a hurricane hits to make shelter arrangements,
it will be too late.
General Preparation for a Hurricane
For complete information on what you can do to prepare for a disaster
or hurricane, go online to the Brevard County Office of Emergency Management
Web site at
. You will find valuable information to help prepare your home and family
before a hurricane strikes.