ARTICLES ON HEALTH
Are you medically prepared for hurricane season?
featuring Becky Harris, Family Nurse Practitioner
June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season and Stone County Hospital wants to ensure that you are medically prepared in the event South Mississippi finds itself in the path of one of these destructive storms. Whether our area is under a Hurricane Watch (conditions are a threat within 48 hours) or a Hurricane Warning (conditions are expected within 36 hours), it’s important to have an emergency plan in place and be ready to respond quickly.
While most South Mississippi residents know how to protect their homes from damage and understand the need to purchase common supplies, many overlook important medical and insurance-related items to include in their hurricane survival kit. Keep the following tips in mind as you prepare for this hurricane season:
- Make sure you have at least a 2-week supply of your prescription medications to take with you when you evacuate.
- Get a copy of your medical records that document your health problems, allergies, medications and physician contacts in case you need to visit another health
- Get written prescriptions for all medications to take with you in case you need to refill your supplies.
- If you require medical supplies such as blood testing strips, bandages or insulin, prepare for a 2-week supply.
- Make arrangements with your medical equipment company to ensure you have extra oxygen canisters or refills.
- Take an extra pair of glasses or contacts with you.
- Don’t forget your cell phone and charger.
- Make an index card of all of your insurance policies and passwords so you can easily access them online while you are evacuated or displaced.
Stay safe this season!