Packing your hurricane go bag? Make provisions for your health

Living in a coastal area requires early preparation for potential hurricanes due to their quick development and the potential for evacuation. It is essential to prioritize health care needs in your hurricane kit, as forgetting necessary medical equipment or supplies can be detrimental.

The 2024 hurricane season is expected to be above-normal, with 17 to 25 storms, including eight to 13 hurricanes, and four to seven major hurricanes. Preparing for such storms involves gathering supplies, securing your home, and determining evacuation plans, especially for those living in flood zones.

For health care, it is recommended to pack a 14-day or 30-day supply of every prescription, along with medical equipment such as blood pressure monitors, heart monitors, CPAP machines, wheelchairs, or walkers. Over-the-counter medicines, foods for specific dietary needs, and hygiene products should also be included.

Remember to bring basic supplies like sleeping bags, clean towels, extra clothes, a first-aid kit, flashlights, chargers, and rechargeable battery packs. Important documents such as a list of medications, emergency contacts, health insurance cards, and copies of important documents should also be packed.

Store these documents on a flash drive and make photocopies for easy access in an emergency setting. Start preparing today by gathering as many go-bag supplies as possible and having discussions about your hurricane plan to avoid stress and confusion during the storm.

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