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Before a Disaster

Plan a safe evacuation route and identify a safe shelter space. If you’re evacuating, take these items with you in waterproof containers:

  • Uniformed services identification (ID) card
  • Medicare card
  • Other Health Insurance card
  • Driver's license
  • Social Security card
  • Checkbook, credit card, cash
  • Prescription containers (preferred) and/or a list of medicines with names, doses, and frequencies
  • Important phone numbers
  • Any important medical or military information/documents
  • Shot records
  • First aid kit

Special Needs

If you have special needs, including chronic medical conditions, vision, hearing, or mobility impairment:

  • Talk to your doctors about emergency medical plans
  • Know the location of more than one facility if you need dialysis or other life-sustaining treatment
  • Wear medical alert tags or bracelets
  • Arrange to get disaster warnings
  • Arrange for help getting to a shelter

Prepare to bring the following items with you:

  • Your doctor’s contact information
  • A list of your specific illnesses, allergies and medicines, including dosages
  • A list of your medical devices, including type and model number
  • At least one week’s supply of medicine. Get any prescription refills that are due before you leave and consider any medicines that may need refrigeration
  • Any needed medical devices or equipment. These include glucose monitors/diabetic supplies, breathing aids (nebulizers, oxygen tanks, tubing), spare eyeglasses/contacts, wheelchairs, batteries, and walkers
  • Special foods or supplements, and food for service animals

More Information

Visit www.fema.gov/areyouready for lists and plans to prepare for a disaster.

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Last Updated 9/3/2013