As Dorian approaches and threatens to become a Cat 3 hurricane across Florida and possibly more Southern US States, some things to keep in mind while preparing.
Most important: Remember to take your meds with you if forced to evacuate.
Here’s why: According to the National Institutes of Health
- 43% of Hurricane Katrina evacuees ran out of their medications and needed replacements, even though they brought them. (Source);
- 48% of Hurricane Katrina evacuees did not bring adequate medical supplies or prescriptions when evacuating. (Source)
- Among evacuees, getting medications was the most frequent mentioned challenge to chronic disease management: “Many Hurricane Katrina patients arrived at a new provider facility without their prescriptions and with inadequate knowledge of their medical histories or medication names and dosages’. (Source)
- 29% of patients evacuating California wildfires showed that patients did not have their medications with them during evacuation for one family member in 28.6% of households (Source).
- After the flash floods in Japan in 2006, 48% of the evacuees left their medication and 88% left their prescription records behind (Source).
What’s a Hurricane Watch vs. Warning?
When a HURRICANE WATCH is issued, it means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. The hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. This watch should trigger your family’s disaster plan, and proactive measures should be initiated especially those actions that require extra time such as securing a boat, leaving a barrier island, etc.
When a HURRICANE WARNING is issued, it means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area. The hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. Once this warning has been issued, your family should be in the process of completing proactive actions and deciding the safest location to be during the storm.