September is National Preparedness Month and Adair County Health System encourages everyone to prepare themselves for emergencies. A large-scale disaster or emergency like a lengthy power outage can limit your access to supplies and services for several days or weeks. Still, nearly half do not have an emergency kit for their home. The Centers for Disease Control lays out some basic guidelines to follow for personal health preparedness:
Personal Needs – Gather enough non-perishable food, water, personal care and hygiene, first aid and medical supplies to last at least 72 hours for everyone in your home. Don’t forget about your pets!
Prescriptions – Prepare a 7-10 day supply of prescription medications in a waterproof container and over the counter meds such as ibuprofen or vitamins. Keep an updated list of all prescriptions and regular over the counter medications that are taken daily. You may need a cooler or cold packs to store them in the event of a power outage.
Paperwork- Collect important documents and medical records such as insurance cards, immunization records, vital records and advanced directives and personal ID’s such as driver’s license and passports. You may need to create a care plan for your child or family member if they have special needs. Keep copies of manuals, serial numbers for special equipment such as glucometers and nebulizers.
Power Sources- Prepare for a power outage with back-up power sources and manual equipment such as flashlights, batteries, hearing-aid batteries, car chargers, jumper cables, radio and a generator.
Practical Skills- Learn basic how-to preparedness skills such as CPR and First-Aid to protect your health and safety until help arrives. Always call 911 first in a life-threatening emergency.
Be Informed! Follow your local emergency management and weather stations on their website or social media. Sign up for emergency notifications for severe weather, or emergencies. Most counties have an automated alert system. You can sign up for alerts in Adair and Guthrie County at http://entry.inspironlogistics.com/ag_ia/wens.cfm
Social Media for Adair and Guthrie County Emergency Management:
Find more information: https://www.cdc.gov/phpr/prepareyourhealth/PersonalHealth.htm
Find emergency plan templates and guides for your business or home at: www.ready.gov
By Stephanie Claussen
ACHS Community Health CoordinatorThe information provided on the Adair County Health System’s Blog is not a substitute for professional medical advice and care. If you have specific needs, please see a professional health care provider. Any references to products, services, or health care providers on this web site are not a recommendation or endorsement of products, services or providers. Links to other Web sites from this site are provided for convenience and do not constitute or imply endorsement. Effort is taken to insure accurate information, however we cannot guarantee completeness or timeliness.