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Emergency Prep 101: Anticipate Medical Needs

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Although your AdventHealth Well 65+ care team is available to you around the clock, a hurricane or other severe weather might prevent you from traveling to us. However, we're still by your side in preparation and want to make sure you stock up on not only food and water but also all your specific medical essentials. You may not be able to make it to your AdventHealth Well 65+ practice, grocery store or pharmacy in the hours leading up to dangerous weather, so take a few minutes to note what you'll need to gather now, long before any emergency.

Have the Basics on Hand

In addition to your disaster supply kit, you should have a first aid kit that could be used to soothe and stabilize anyone who may become injured until you can get to one of our emergency rooms or urgent care facilities. Some home first aid must-haves include:

  • Absorbent compresses
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Bandages in assorted sizes
  • Cold compress
  • First aid instruction booklet
  • Latex gloves
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Oral thermometer
  • Over-the-counter pain medicine

Stock up on Special Items

Depending on your circumstances, consider if you need to add any of the following to your disaster preparations:

  • A backup generator to power equipment like dialysis machines, electric lifts, etc.
  • Advance renewal of prescription medication
  • Hearing aid backup batteries
  • Inhalers
  • Manual wheelchair
  • Supplemental oxygen

Working to keep your home well-stocked with extra medical supplies will prevent additional anxiety when weather conditions get scary. Connect with family members, your AdventHealth Well 65+ care team and caregivers to make sure you have everything you'd need to be sheltered safely for multiple days at home.

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