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Published on September 08, 2017

Storm Preparation Tips from Pardee

By the time Hurricane Irma reaches WNC, we expect tropical storm conditions. It’s important to plan for the weather ahead.

Household Needs: Stock Up Now

We’ve all experienced the empty shelves leading up to an impending snow storm. Take stock of what you have on hand now, and buy enough supplies to last at least a week. If you are concerned store shelves will be empty, call ahead to your local store or use online delivery sources like Amazon. Make sure you have the following on hand:

• Batteries
• Flashlights
• Candles (and matches or lighters)
• Distilled or sparkling water (enough for drinking and bathing)
• Ice
• First aid supplies
• Canned foods and shelf-stable snacks
• Disposable plates, cups, napkins and utensils
• Non-electric can opener
• Battery-powered radio
• Baby items (diapers, bottles, formula)

Your Health: Preparation is key

If you have chronic health conditions, expecting an addition to your family, or have special needs, take stock of the following:

• Prescriptions - If you take medications, be sure you have a minimum of a week supply on hand in case your pharmacy becomes unavailable. Create a paper copy of all prescriptions, including name, dose, strength and frequency.
• Check your first aid kit. Do you have items on hand such as aspirin or other pain relievers, antacids, bandages and gauze, a thermometer, scissors, and antiseptics? Make sure none of your supplies have expired.
• Does someone in your household have special needs? Work with your physician in advance of a storm to determine where you need to go in the event of an office closure. If you depend on an electronic medical device, oxygen or other equipment, or need in-home health care be sure to have a back up plan in the event your location loses power or becomes inaccessible to your home health team.
• Expecting a baby? Plan multiple routes to the hospital from your location. Write down your physician’s on-call phone number and follow your physician’s instructions in the event you go into labor during the storm.
• Health Insurance: Be sure to keep a copy of your healthcare coverage information and have a copy of your personal identification.

Prepare now- reduce stress later.

As with each and every day, the safety of our patients, visitors, and staff is our top priority. We have a comprehensive disaster plan in place, and will continue to keep a close eye on Hurricane Irma’s path in the coming days.