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Preparing for a disaster is everyone’s responsibility.  Managing your health should be part of your planning. 

Planning for Disasters and Emergencies - Depending on where you live, you and your family could be impacted by one of the common disasters listed below.  Click on a button below to learn more about what you can do before, during, and after an emergency to stay safe.

Creating an Emergency Health Information Card - An emergency health information card can help rescuers understand your medical needs if you are unconscious or incoherent or if they need to help you evacuate quickly. The card should contain information about medications, equipment, allergies and sensitivities, communication difficulties, preferred treatment, and important contact people. Click here to create your card today.

Managing Your Medications - Make sure you have necessary prescriptions and other medications available-usually. A 15-day supply is sufficient. If you have medications requiring refrigeration, have a small portable cooler or ice chest ready for easy transportation.

VA Emergency Pharmacy Program
In a catastrophic event, VA may activate the Emergency Pharmacy Program. Check with your VA medical center to see if this program is available to support your medication needs for a specific emergency or disaster. Through this program, Veterans with a VA ID card who need an emergency supply of medication can go to any retail pharmacy open to the public with a written prescription on a valid VA prescription form or active VA prescription bottle (not older than six months AND with refills available) to receive at least a 10-day supply. Note:  Controlled substances are not included in this program; VA must fill them.

Basic Emergency Preparation

Be Prepared

Make a survival kit for yourself and your family:

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Flashlight Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries (Similar item available in the Red Cross Store)
  • Deluxe family first aid kit Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Printed medication list Multi-purpose tool Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash Emergency blanket Map(s) of the area

Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit:

  • Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers) Games and activities for children
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Two-way radios
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Manual can opener

Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:

  • Whistle
  • N95, surgical or cloth facemasks
  • Matches
  • Rain gear
  • Towels
  • Work gloves Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors or utility knife
  • Household liquid bleach
  • Entertainment items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

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