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How to Prepare Home Healthcare and Homebound Patients for a Hurricane

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 1

Hurricane
The hurricane season begins June 1st and runs through November 30. Keep in mind that you don't have to live on the coast to be affected by a hurricane. If you are an individual or have loved ones that have special medical needs because they are home healthcare or homebound patients, the time to develop a disaster plan that includes a well thought out disaster kit and prior planning for possible evacuation is well before the National Weather Service and local officials issue a hurricane watch or warning. Now is a good time to make arrangements and gather the materials you will need during a hurricane and for the recovery period afterwards.


Things You Will Need

A hurricane disaster kit that includes the following: Prescription and over the counter drugs, Bottled Water (enough for one gallon per person per day), Non perishable foods (enough for 3 to 7 days), Plastic utensils and paper plates, Non-electric can opener, Battery operated radio, Extra batteries, Books and games, Pet care items, First aid kit, Blankets and pillows, Extra cloths and sturdy shoes, Lighter and waterproof matches, Sunscreen, Cash


Step 1

Hurricane Evacuation Sign

If you will need assistance to evacuate or need to go to a special needs shelter, register with your county emergency management agency now. Special needs shelters generally only provide medical monitoring and not medical care so it is important to bring a caregiver with you. Also remember to take your medications and written instructions for your care.


Step 2

Medical Care

If you are under the care of a health agency or a physician, notify them where you will be during the hurricane and ask them about their plans to provide care. You should also notify your medical equipment and oxygen provider. This is especially important if you require respirators or other electric-dependent medical equipment. You should also register with your local power company.


Step 3

Hurricane Flags

If you will require hospitalization, you will have to make prior arrangements through you physician. Hospitals can not be used as shelters because during disasters such as hurricanes, hospitals have limited resources that must be used to care for the sick and injured.


If you are an individual or have loved ones that have special medical needs because they are home healthcare or homebound patients, the time to develop a disaster plan that includes a well thought out disaster kit and prior planning for possible evacuation is well before the National Weather Service and local officials issue a hurricane watch or warning.


Tips & Warnings

Verify the freshness of food and batteries in your disaster kit several times a year.


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Comments

Jan 8, 2010 2:06am
ethelsmith
Good sound advice.
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