Hurricane ready checklist for Patients with allergies and asthma
Whether you already have an established routine of refurbishing the pantry and finding adequate shelter, or you are completely new to the hurricane-preparedness madness that goes into effect when under a storm threat, we have thought about providing you with our special Hurricane Ready Checklist.
Our “Hurricane Ready Checklist” is meant to enumerate all you need to have and make available at the first storm warning if you, or your loved ones, are dealing with allergies and asthma. When it comes to facing the pressure of getting ready for a hurricane or to evacuate, having a visual checklist of what you need to do will make the process more organized. Caring for our patients was our main goal while preparing the list, and we made sure not to leave anything unaccounted for.
PREPARE IN ADVANCE
- A list of all your medical diagnosis including your food and medication allergies (obtain from your physician)
- A copy of your Asthma Action Plan
- A Peak Flow Meter if this has been prescribed
- A list of your current & rescue medications and most recent instructions on when and how to use (copy of physician’s last progress note would be ideal)
- A copy of insurance cards and healthcare
- Provider contact info
- Address, phone number of your closest hospital, your primary care physician and your allergist–ask for the best phone number in the event of a power outage as landline phones may not work
- Supply of current daily medications and rescue medications to last for two weeks (include meds for Asthma Action Plan and for nebulizer)
- Your 2-pack epinephrine auto-injector (e.g. Epi-Pen or Auvi-Q) if you have been prescribed one–this should be an extra pack, not the one you carry with you all the time.
- Insurance cards
- A spacer for your inhaled medications if this has been prescribed
- A nebulizer for your asthma meds if this has been prescribed
- Obtain allergy injections if this will be due within the next two weeks (OK to take one early)
WHEN HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUED
RED CROSS SHELTER INFO
Food Allergy Patients
While it is advisable that patients bring 1-2 days of food and their own epinephrine auto-injector, they need to advise the shelter upon arrival of their severe food allergies. If need be, the shelter can supply the required food and epinephrine.
For Asthma Patients
While is best to bring their own nebulizer and medications, nebulizers will be available if required.
For Pet Allergy Patients
Included is the list of shelters that accept pets by County so you know which to avoid if you suffer from pet allergies.
Millennium Middle School
5803 NW 94th Ave. Tamarac, FL 33321
Pre-registration of pets is required, and owners are expected to shelter with their pets and provide care for them.
Call 954.989.3977 and press 6 or visit humanebroward.com.*
Pet-Friendly Evacuation Centers
Pet owners residing in qualified evacuation zones, unsafe structures or mobile homes can participate in the Pet-Friendly Evacuation Centers (PEC)*.
E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion
10901 SW 24th St. Miami, FL 33199
Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High
1410 County Line Road. Miami, FL 33179
Recreation Center Gymnasium
6000 Northtree Blvd. Lake Worth, FL 33463
For additional information and registration contact: Emergency Disaster Shelter for Pets and People. 561.233.1266 West Boynton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hurricane by Red Cross is a smart phone app for hurricane preparedness.
*If you have pet allergies, you will want to pre-register for an alternative shelter.
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