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6 Steps for Safety in Storms

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Hurricane Florence is in the rearview mirror, but hurricane season is still in effect through the end of next month. And then there’s winter weather, wildfires, tornadoes, and earthquakes. The earth is volatile, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be prepared!

Regardless of what region you live in, here are some tips that can help you prepare for natural disasters:

  1. Learn about natural disasters that could likely affect your area (e.g., hurricanes along the coast). Prepare basic supplies according to the protocols.
  2. Develop a plan. Include how you will communicate with others, how you can evacuate if needed, and what transportation will be available.
  3. Make a list of contact information for your physician(s), hospital, and local home medical equipment company. Keep a copy of your insurance card with it for easy access in a waterproof bag. You may also want to make a list of other nearby home medical equipment companies who could assist if yours is unable.
  4. Create a go-bag of emergency medical supplies and medications. Include copies of your prescriptions.
  5. Establish family, friends, or neighbors who will check on you and/or help you get to a safe place. Teach them how to operate your home medical equipment.
  6. Determine what you need in case of power outages (e.g., generator for home oxygen therapy in case of outages or a manual wheelchair as backup to a power mobility device).

While Mother Nature may throw the unexpected your way, you don’t have to be caught off guard! Preparing for the worst will help to ensure you make it through the storm safe and sound.

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This list of suggestions is a set of general tips and is by no means all-encompassing. Please be sure to consult your local agencies for a more thorough list of ways you can be prepared.

 

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