Hurricane & Storm Preparedness
Hurricane season is here! Everyone should prepare for the unexpected. Even if you don’t live near the coast, it’s always a good idea to be prepared in case of any emergency or natural disaster. Here are some tips to prepare and ensure you will have what you need, when you need it.
Have all car chargers in a safe place.
If on oxygen, make sure you have enough to last at least 5 days.
Request an external marine battery if you live in a rural area. Apple HMS can provide these at no cost to the patient.
If you are in an evacuation zone, your supplies should be portable and manageable. Depending on the health condition of your loved one, you may already have information on where to go. Ventilator dependent patients who must go through storms at the hospital must find out which supplies they have to bring with them. Supplies like gauze pads and other day-to-day items may not be available at the hospital since it is not a regular admission. Loved ones who are told to go to the hospital may only be kept for the duration of the storm. Other facilities will have to be found if the home cannot be returned to immediately.
Don’t wait until the last minute to check and buy batteries or any other items. If you need to make a last-minute trip to the store, focus on items that will keep. Buying perishable foods when a storm is imminent will waste money and food reserves if the power goes out.
You should start preparing as soon as you learn of the chance of a storm, but there is often not enough time to request extra items when a storm hits suddenly. Thinking further ahead will offer you a sense of comfort and give your loved one a feeling of security. If you ever have questions about adding supplies like these to your order, please give us a call at 866-332-7753. We are here to help you!