Be Prepared for Emergencies
In light of medical supply issues that were evident during previous hurricanes, we urge you to prepare for future storms, fires and other emergencies. Even if you are not in the direct path of a storm or fire you should be prepared for emergencies. Please contact Oley (OleyFoundation@gmail.com or 518-262-5079) if you become aware of any issues, so we can share that information as appropriate.
Patients and their families should:
- Ensure that you have sufficient backup power available or batteries to power any necessary pumps or medical devices, as well as battery-powered radios and appropriately charged cell phones to receive the latest communications.
- Listen to appropriate warnings from governmental officials advising of precautions and evacuations.
- Check with home care suppliers and medical providers ahead of time to ensure that you have enough medications and nutritional supplies (formula, HPN, etc.) to last at least 48–72 hours, in case of supply chain delays.
- Write down important telephone numbers in case you cannot access the directory on your mobile phone.
- This includes, but is not limited to, your home care company branch, regional and national offices.
Additional tips to help you prepare for possible emergencies:
Tube Feeding Emergency Kit (see page 3)
www.noaa.gov (for weather information)
*Note: If you are evacuated or relocated due to an emergency, notify your home care company/DME. If your branch is forced to close, others may need to support your needs. In an emergency, connect with company headquarters or regional offices for further instructions.