FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 7, 2005
CONTACT: Lindsay Hodges (850) 245-4111
**HURRICANE DENNIS INFORMATION SHEET **
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 (DOH) recommends
that you plan now by taking the following measures:
- Call your doctor now and request a 30-day
supply of medication if possible.
- 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 doctor’s 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 moment’s notice.
- 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, take a two week supply with
- Over the counter items that you should also
bring with you: Pain reliever/ Ibuprofen, antacid,
laxative/suppository, Imodium, Benadryl,
decongestant, antibiotic ointment, lubricating eye
- If you are using respiratory medications with
a nebulizer, bring it with you.
For more information, visit the Department of Health
Web site at
Florida Emergency Information Line: 1-800-342-3557
Public Information Emergency Support Function:
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