#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.