by Brian A. Boys
Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th, meaning that if you live in Hampton Roads or elsewhere on the east coast, you are right in the middle of it. If you haven’t done so already, now is a great time to make sure all of your preparations are in place in the event that a major storm strikes. Everyone needs to have basic supplies in place, such as an emergency kit with flashlights, non-perishable food, water, and the like. If you or a family member is elderly or disabled, then there are special preparations that you should also consider:
- Update the names and telephone numbers of your physicians, emergency contacts, pharmacy, and medical supply providers.
- Prepare a list of prescription medications and dosages (Don’t forget to have enough on hand in case you can’t get to a pharmacy for a refill.), your allergies, and any other supplies that you use.
- Have extra batteries on hand for hearing aids, wheelchairs, or other medical devices.
- Locate and make copies of your health insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare cards.
- Review your Advance Medical Directive and other important legal documents to see if any revisions or updates need to be made.
Keep copies of all of the above documents in your emergency kit.
For more great emergency preparation tips visit the website of Ready Hampton Roads at www.readyhamptonroads.org. While on the website, check out the Hampton Roads Medical Needs Registry. The Hampton Roads Medical Needs Registry (the “Registry”) is an emergency preparedness tool that is used by local emergency managers to communicate with those who have medical or functional needs in the event of an emergency, be it a hurricane, a flood, or even a hazardous material spill or a gas leak. Members of the Registry receive no services, but by registering, you can aid emergency personnel in developing plans to help those who require assistance with personal care or medications, or due to visual, hearing, speech, or other impairments, and those who have health and medical conditions that require professional observation, assessment, and maintenance. Registration is free, voluntary, and confidential. For more details or to register, visit: readyhamptonroads.org/Resources/SpecialNeedsRegistry.aspx
Similar registries exist across the country, and Oast & Taylor encourages you to investigate the options available to you in your community.