MAYO CLINIC NEWS NETWORK – The Atlantic hurricane season is well underway as Hurricane Ian is about to make landfall in Florida.
“Past experiences show it is important to make a plan for you and your family in advance of any severe weather event,” says Dr. Brittany Beel, a Mayo Clinic emergency medicine physician.
“When preparing for a hurricane or other disaster, it’s important to take preparations for your home but also have a plan in case you have to leave,” says Dr. Beel. Additionally, create a first aid kit and take stock of any health care necessities, and don’t forget about your including pets.”
Supplies to put in a first aid kit include:
- Antibiotic cream or ointment
- Adhesive bandages and gauze
- A two-week supply of any prescription medications
- Disinfecting wipes or hand sanitizer
- Bug repellent
- Sun block
Dr. Beel also recommends having a list of all health care providers as well as a week’s worth of any medications. Although most pharmacies can dispense emergency refills of prescription maintenance medication to persons who reside in an area or county covered under the state of emergency, it is best to pack what you need.
If you plan to hunker down at home, create a meal plan in advance, since most people aren’t thinking about recipes during a disaster, and refrigeration and cooking may become a problem.
Additional hurricane preparation lists and other tips are on these websites:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Department of Homeland Security
And Mayo Clinic has more information on hurricane health and safety preparedness and storm cleanup tips: