When emergencies happen, different groups of people have different needs. For any of us, but especially those fighting cancer and undergoing treatment, it is important to think ahead, be prepared and have a plan this hurricane season. The more you do to prepare for an emergency beforehand, the better equipped you will be to be able to respond and respond quickly.
When preparing for an oncoming storm, be sure you have the necessary supplies. The American Red Cross suggests packing a kit with enough supplies to last at least 72 hours. They also suggest that kits should include:
- Water: one gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation
- Non-perishable food items: three-day food supply
- Manual can opener
- Personal care items: soap, toothpaste, clothes, etc.
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio
- Batteries: check equipment for battery requirements
- First aid kit
- Local maps: if evacuating prepare an alternate route as some roadways may be closed
- Family emergency contact information
- Insect repellent
- Tools: supplies necessary to secure your home and/or create a shelter in place
- Plastic bags: large and small bags for water-proofing important documents and supplies
- Extra cash
Someone who is fighting cancer or undergoing treatment has more specific needs. When preparing for a storm, be sure to include these items:
- Insurance card or proof of insurance provider covering medical expenses
- Medical kit: small kit including dressings, antiseptic, thermometer, etc.
- Medical records: doctor’s name, doctor’s number, diagnosis, cancer stage, etc.
- Medications: any and all medications currently taking and/or perscribed
In a disaster situation, you may need to get your supply kit quickly, whether you are sheltering at home or evacuating. Be sure that your supply kit is in easy-to-carry containers and don’t exceed 25 pounds.