Approaching Tropical Storm Is a Good Reminder for TRICARE Beneficiaries to Be Prepared
By: Kristin Shives
TRICARE Management Activity
As Tropical Storm Isaac moves toward the Gulf Coast, TRICARE urges beneficiaries in the U.S. southeast region to stay prepared.
Any beneficiaries living in the path of a tropical storm or hurricane should always prepare for rain, and possible flooding and evacuations. In the case of evacuations, the TRICARE pharmacy program may authorize early refills for prescriptions – ensuring beneficiaries don’t run out of needed medications during a crisis.
The TRICARE disaster information page www.tricare.mil/disasterinfo is updated with TRICARE announcements related to hurricanes, storms and other natural disasters. Handy lists of what military families may need to access health care, such as uniformed services ID cards, records, and prescription bottles are also located on the page. Contact numbers for health care support can be found at www.tricare.mil/contacts.
Beneficiaries should follow any mandatory or voluntary state evacuation orders. Information and tips on disaster preparedness can be found at the Department of Homeland Security web page at www.ready.gov. The National Hurricane Center offers the latest news at www.nhc.noaa.gov.