Hurricane Season Preparedness

Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again – hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season is officially from June 1 to November 30. Hurricanes have occurred outside of these six months, but these dates were chosen to encompass over 97% of tropical activity. While people are still recovering from Harvey, it is time to start preparing for another hurricane season.

In preparation, residents should get a hurricane kit, plan in the case the need to evacuate arises, and stay informed. You should begin general preparedness through the season by keeping gas in your vehicle, having cash on hand in small denominations, and maintaining a portable battery powered AM radio. As far as your healthcare goes, have a current list of medications with dosage and frequency and a list of your allergies to medications. Below is an example of a simple card you may put in your wallet. Remember, your cell phone may not be working due to towers being down or powerlines being down.

EXAMPLE:

Doctor: Dr. John Smith Allergies to Meds: Penicillin, codeine
Medication name Dose Frequency
Aspirin 81mg Every Morning
Coreg 12.5mg Twice a Day
Tramadol 50mg As needed for pain

In addition to information about medications, you should have a list of your medical conditions with you in case the need to evacuate arises. If you are oxygen dependent, make sure you have extra oxygen tanks available. Refill all your medications in a timely manner in the event the pharmacy loses power, or you are not able to reach the pharmacy to pick up prescriptions.

For more complete information about hurricane preparedness, go to www.hcoem.org, to find a hurricane checklist.