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HHS HealthBeat (January 11, 2013)

Medicine in a storm

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Don’t become a patient because you don’t have your medicine. Make it part of your go bag – a set of supplies you need during a natural disaster. If you take regular medication, you may not be able to get to the pharmacy or a medical facility for an extended period. And you don’t want to be in an emergency room when you can control it.

At HHS, Ed Gabriel tells us to plan ahead.

“So you talk to your physician and you explain to that physician what you need and what you take, and ask them to provide a little bit more of it so you can use it during a disaster. Ten days of it or so is important.”

In addition to medicines you need, include these items in your go bag: a first aid kit, warm clothing, food, water, paper towels, and more.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: January 11, 2013