FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
: September 10, 2004
: (850) 921-0384
Medications in Disaster Situations
TALLAHASSEE-In the event of a hurricane, you may need to
evacuate your home and regular services may be temporarily limited. To
ensure that you are able to continue taking your medications under such
circumstances, the Department of Health recommends that you plan now by
taking the following measures:
- Call your doctor now and request a 30 day supply of medication if
- Get a pill organizer and pack enough pills for two weeks- get
assistance in this from your caregiver or medical professional in
making sure you have packed enough of the medications you will need.
- Make a list of all your medications: how they should be taken,
what time, etc. Make copies of the list. Put one copy with the
medications; give one to a friend, and keep one with you at all times.
Make sure to list any allergies, as well as foods you need to avoid.
Your doctorís name and emergency phone number should also be on this
list. Your medical professional or caregiver should be able to assist
you in this.
- Pack your medications now to have ready to carry with you at a
- If you are taking prescription narcotic pain medications, keep
them with you at all times.
- If you are on a special diet or require special supplements, bring
them with you.
- Over the counter items that you should also bring with you: Pain
reliever/ ibuprofen, antacid, laxative/suppository, Imodium, benadryl,
decongestant, antibiotic ointment, lubricating eye drops.
- If you are using respiratory medications with a nebulizer, bring
it with you.
For more information, visit the Department of Health website at
Florida Emergency Information Line: 1-800-342-3557.
Public Information Emergency Support Function: (850) 921-0384.