Emergency Preparedness & Your Medications
By Susi Rodriguez Shapiro, M.S.G.
- We Can't PREDICT Them ...
- We Can’t PREVENT Them …
- We Can Only PREPARE for Them …
So What Should We Do?
After an Earthquake
- Check for Injuries – Provide First Aid
- Check for Safety & Gas Leaks
- Expect After-Shocks
- Turn on Radio & Listen for instructions from public safety agencies
- Calm Yourself Down
- Activate Your Plan
Survival Items to keep on Hand
- Fire Extinguisher
- Wrench / Crow Bar
- 7-day Rx Medications
- Portable Fire Escape Ladder for 2nd floors
So What Should Be In A Go-Kit ?
- Ensure you have 7-days of Rx Meds in your “Go Kit” and a bottle of water.
- Have a list of your meds by name, including dose and frequency.
“File of Life” packet.
Include COPIES of:
- Digital Records / Inventory
- COPIES of Insurance Policies
- For Re-Uniting Missing people or Pets
- Emergency Info
Additional Items to Consider:
- Food (non-perishable)
- Roll of Toilet Paper
- Disposable Underwear
- Spare Eye Glasses
- Hand Sanitizer
- Extra Underwear & Socks
- Pet Supplies (food, leash, carrier, etc)
If You Have To Evacuate
- Leave a Note in Plain Sight saying Where YOU Can Be Found
- Money (small denominations)
- Take Your “Go Kit” (Important Docs, Rx Meds, Basic Supplies)
Car Mini-Survival Kit
- Non-Perishable Food / Energy Bars
- Bottled Water
- Pre-Moistened Towelettes / Sanitizers
- Emergency Blanket
- Sealable Plastic Bags / Roll of Toilet Paper
- Flashlight (Fresh Batteries)
- First Aid Kit
- Sturdy Shoes or Boots
- Put YOUR name on the front of the Go-Kit
- Put it in a Safe & Easy place to find
- Check the kit often
- Refresh items as needed
- BE PREPARED!
Resources & Websites
- “BE READY” Classes
- Federal Emergency Mgmt Agency (FEMA)
- Community Emergency Response Teams
- . . . and More
City Operator “311”