Hurricane Preparedness

As hurricane season approaches, it's important for people on oxygen to take extra precautions and be prepared for potential power outages and other disruptions to their oxygen supply. The first week of May starts National Hurricane Preparedness week. Here are some steps you can take to ensure your safety and well-being during a hurricane: 

  1. Have a backup oxygen supply: It's essential to have a backup oxygen supply in case of power outages or other disruptions to your oxygen supply. Make sure you have an adequate supply of oxygen tanks or other backup equipment, such as a portable oxygen concentrator or oxygen generator. Talk to your healthcare provider about the amount of backup oxygen you should have on hand.

  2. Create an emergency kit: In addition to your backup oxygen supply, create an emergency kit with essential items like medications, a first aid kit, a flashlight, batteries, and non-perishable food and water. Make sure your kit is easily accessible and keep it in a waterproof container.
  3. Stay informed: Keep up-to-date on weather forecasts and evacuation orders in your area. If you're advised to evacuate, follow the instructions of local authorities and bring your emergency kit with you.
  4. Communicate with your healthcare provider: Make sure your healthcare provider is aware of your hurricane preparedness plan and has a copy of your emergency contact information. They can also provide guidance on how to use your backup oxygen supply and any other medical equipment during a power outage or emergency.

  5. Plan for transportation: If you need to evacuate, make sure you have a plan for transportation that includes your oxygen equipment. Consider contacting your local emergency management office to find out if there are any special transportation services for people on oxygen.
By taking these steps, you can help ensure your safety and well-being during a hurricane or other emergency. Remember to stay calm, follow your hurricane preparedness plan, and seek assistance if needed. 

Additional Resources:  

American Red Cross 

National Hurricane Preparedness  

Centers for Disease Control 

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