2022 Hurricane Season: Health First Reminds Floridians to Prepare Emergency Medical Checklist
By Space Coast Daily // May 25, 2022
NOAA predict 65% chance of above-normal hurricane season
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – As Brevard County’s Health First prepares for another active hurricane season on the Atlantic Coast, we’d also like to take time to remind all Floridians to remember important health and medical necessities when preparing their own hurricane checklist.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predict a 65% chance of an above-normal hurricane season this year, a range of 14 to 21 named storms may make an appearance in the Atlantic Ocean.
It is vital for people living in the path of potential hurricanes to be prepared to shelter in place in the event of a dangerous storm.
While it’s crucial to stock up on water, batteries, and non-perishable food, it’s just as critical to make sure your family’s medical needs are being anticipated.
Medical hurricane supply checklists should include, but are not limited to:
■ A seven-day minimum supply of prescription medications
■ A seven-day minimum supply of over-the-counter medications, like aspirin or ibuprofen pain relievers, antacids, and allergy medications
■ First-aid items such as adhesive bandages, gauze, and antibiotic ointment
■ Extra contact lenses or spare eyeglasses for those who need them
■ Devices or tools like an oral thermometer, tweezers, and scissors
■ Batteries or a generator for those who are oxygen-dependent or require medical equipment that is powered by electricity
■ EpiPens, nebulizers, inhalers, and similar devices for those who use them
■ Sunscreen and hats/head coverings
■ A supply of masks and hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, bar or liquid soap, and disinfectant wipes.
In addition to the supply checklist, families should also:
■ Know where local healthcare facilities are located (if staying in a different city.)
■ Make sure that medications and supplies are not expired well before the event of a hurricane to allow time to replace any outdated items
■ Keep supply kits in an accessible location that everyone is aware of
■ Print important documents (e.g., emergency phone numbers, insurance cards, and documents)
■ Ensure carbon monoxide detectors have working batteries
■ Place generators outside, at least 20 feet from any door, window, or vent
More information on the disaster, readiness is available from Brevard County Emergency Management, 321-637-6670, and from the Red Cross, www.redcross.org or 321.890.1002.
Additionally, to help you and your family prepare for this hurricane season by creating your own personalized disaster plan, visit www.floridadisaster.org
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