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September 13, 2018 |  written by IVX Health

Emergency Preparedness – How to Manage Chronic Illness During a Disaster

September is National Preparedness Month, which means there's no time like the present to talk about emergency preparedness in relation to managing your chronic illness.  With wildfires still blazing, hurricane season ramping up, the potential for winter blizzards around the corner, followed by severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in the spring, it's always wise to be prepared.

#1: Stay stocked up on medications.

If you take daily medications or supplements, keep at least a couple weeks’ worth on hand at all times. If you know a potential disaster is on its way, don’t wait! Call your doctor and request an emergency refill as soon as possible.

#2: Find a back-up power or cooling supply.

If you need electricity for treatment, make sure you have a battery back-up or alternative method of powering your device. Similarly, if your medications require refrigeration, have a cooler and plenty of instant ice packs on hand.

#3: Have pertinent information handy.

You should ideally have all important information printed off and in a waterproof bag. Think copies of prescriptions, insurance cards, medication logs, details about your chronic illness, and your healthcare provider’s contact information. Store this in your emergency or grab-and-go kit.

#4: Have an emergency kit ready to go.

If you don’t have one already, prepare your emergency kit ASAP. Check out www.ready.gov for recommendations on what you should have on hand in case of an emergency. Gear your emergency kit for the most likely disasters in your area. Consider whether your kit should help you shelter in place or enable you to get out of danger fast.

#5: Talk to your family about your emergency plan.

Talk to your family and loved ones about what you’ll do in an emergency. Think about how you’ll communicate, where you’ll meet up if you’re separated, and what you’ll do to stay safe. If evacuation is a possibility, make plans for where you’ll go and when you’ll leave.

Treatment at IVX Health

If biologics like Remicade, Actemra or Orencia  are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider choosing IVX Health for your ongoing care needs. IVX Health makes it possible to receive your therapy in a comfortable, convenient, and private environment.

With a private suite for every patient, you can watch your favorite Netflix show or movie on the big screen TV in each room, use a laptop or other mobile device to surf the web, or simply hang out with family and friends. We always have chairs for guests, and each center has a family room that is spacious and private if you need to bring your kids to your treatment. We also offer flexible appointment scheduling – including evenings and Saturdays – at any of our convenient locations.

At IVX Health, we truly are invested in helping you live your best life. If you’re ready to experience a new kind of infusion clinic, click here to learn how to move your infusion or injection therapy to IVX Health.

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