I have a medical condition that’s a pain even when there is no emergency. Of course, any medical condition is not a lot of fun at the best of times. But what if there is an emergency situation? Whether it’s a house fire or a large scale natural disaster, it’s good to be prepared. If you or a loved one have a medical condition, it’s even more important to be prepared.
How can you get ready?
Stock Your Bug Out Bag
You might have a bug out bag or a grab and go bag for you and your children. Does this contain emergency medications as well? Do the medications need special care? Make sure that your medications are safe and portable. Do you have food allergies or restrictions? Pack extra snacks in your bug out bag so that you know that you have something to eat in an emergency. Keep an epipen there if you need it as well.
Location Planning: Where Could You Be In An Emergency?
Think about where you could be in an emergency: at the park, at a friend’s house, at work, or at home. Plan for all of these places. While you might know that a hurricane is coming, some emergencies like earthquakes happen without warning. Keep a small stash of emergency supplies at the ready in your purse, if you really can’t be without them for a day or two.
Keep medication and a bug out bag in the places that you frequent, such as your workplace. If you have a child with a medical condition in school or day care, or if you have family members caring for your child in their homes, make sure that they have extra medication on hand and know what to do to treat your child should the need arise.
Know Your Medical Condition
Know how long you can go without your medication, and have a backup plan that accounts for this. I depend on insulin to survive. I helps me to know that I could likely last one to three days with just the insulin that I have on my body at all times. If I count the insulin I carry in my bag, I could last for more than two weeks.
Keep Paperwork at the Ready
If you have insurance, keep a copy of your insurance information handy in a place that’s not your house. That way, you don’t need to struggle to get new medications after a disaster. What would happen if you couldn’t contact your doctor, pharmacist, or other medical professionals? Understand the medications that you are on and have an extra prescription handy.
Train Your Support Team
If you could be incapacitated without medicine or medical care, make sure that your family, friends, and neighbors know some of the basics. If you work outside the home, keep some basic medical equipment or medication and documentation there as well, or keep it in a backpack or purse that you carry with you. That way, even if the worst happens, you will still have your vital medications with you, and a guide for those around you who may not know what to do.
Plan for the Longer-Term
Plan for longer-lasting emergencies. I keep a little bit of extra insulin in the house to carry me over in case something were to happen. I know that I don’t need all of the medicine that I have on hand, and that’s a good thing. If you’re on the last little bit of your medication and something goes wrong, you could be in real trouble. It’s good to have a stash, even if it’s just in case you can’t run to the pharmacy.
Preparing for Emergencies
How do you prepare yourself for an emergency? How could you start to prepare today? It can be overwhelming to think about, but taking one small step at a time could help you keep healthy and safe in the future.