September is National Preparedness Month, which means there’s no time like the present to talk about emergency preparedness in relation to managing your chronic illness. With wildfires still blazing, hurricane season ramping up, the potential for winter blizzards around the corner, followed by severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in the spring, it’s always wise to be prepared.
#1: Stay stocked up on medications.
If you take daily medications or supplements, keep at least a couple weeks’ worth on hand at all times. If you know a potential disaster is on its way, don’t wait! Call your doctor and request an emergency refill as soon as possible.
#2: Find a back-up power or cooling supply.
If you need electricity for treatment, make sure you have a battery back-up or alternative method of powering your device. Similarly, if your medications require refrigeration, have a cooler and plenty of instant ice packs on hand.
#3: Have pertinent information handy.
You should ideally have all important information printed off and in a waterproof bag. Think copies of prescriptions, insurance cards, medication logs, details about your chronic illness, and your healthcare provider’s contact information. Store this in your emergency or grab-and-go kit.
#4: Have an emergency kit ready to go.
If you don’t have one already, prepare your emergency kit ASAP. Check out www.ready.gov for recommendations on what you should have on hand in case of an emergency. Gear your emergency kit for the most likely disasters in your area. Consider whether your kit should help you shelter in place or enable you to get out of danger fast.
#5: Talk to your family about your emergency plan.
Talk to your family and loved ones about what you’ll do in an emergency. Think about how you’ll communicate, where you’ll meet up if you’re separated, and what you’ll do to stay safe. If evacuation is a possibility, make plans for where you’ll go and when you’ll leave.
Make Your Health a Priority at Infusion Express
If you want to be prepared in an emergency, start by making your everyday health a priority. So, if IV infusions are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider scheduling your next appointment at Infusion Express. Infusion Express makes it possible for you to get your treatment on your own schedule with the comforts of home at any of our offices. So, you can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room. You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date! It’s the right care at the right place to get your health on track.
Because we’re invested in helping you live your best life, we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations. If you’re ready to experience the difference Infusion Express can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.