Preparation is key when it comes to hurricane season-- especially this year, since we are still in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Here are three health-focused calls you need to make before the most active part of hurricane season starts:
Call #1 – Call your primary care physician (and your child’s pediatrician too!)
You’ll need to ask for an updated copy of your medications list. If you evacuate for an extended period of time, you’ll need current prescriptions in order to get refills on any medications.
While you’re on the phone, ask for a current copy of your vaccinations, too. This is essential in case you need to seek medical assistance while out of town.
Call #2 – Call any specialist doctors you may see for chronic conditions
It’s important to check in with any specialists who help manage any serious, chronic conditions – such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), etc.
By starting the conversation now, you’ll have a plan in place if you must evacuate and are unable to see your regular physician for an extended period of time. Share your evacuation plans with your specialist and ask for a list of recommended physicians to connect with based on your evacuation plans should you need medical assistance.
If you are pregnant and close to your due date or are considered high-risk, your OBGYN may recommend and help you ID an alternate birth location in the case of an evacuation.
Call #3 – Call your pharmacy
We recommend having at least a week’s supply of your regular medications with you in case of a mandatory evacuation or a scenario where you might be sheltering in place for an extended period. Call your pharmacy in advance to see what medications you can get refills for. And don’t forget to confirm your pharmacy’s alternative locations in case of an evacuation.
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