Earthquakes, floods, tornadoes – they’ve been all over the news! What’s a chronically ill girl (and coach who speaks about planning and action) like me to do but think “OMG…am I READY??!! What do I do??”. That got me thinking, so away on the internet I flew. I couldn’t find anything readily available. Maybe I wasn’t looking hard enough, I don’t know. I mean I found a few things, but I decided to know for myself. So I did some phone calls.
As a chronic patient, you know how near and dear our medicines are. Most times, they are our connection to healthy living, hospitalization, or sometimes – death if we don’t take them. So what do we do when a tornado blows them away? What if a hurricane comes and washes them out to sea? What if the earth opens up and swallows them whole??? Ok, I’m exaggerating here, but you get my point. What do we do?
Well I called around to a few of the top major pharmacies and they all said pretty much the same thing.
- Come in.
- Have an ID ready (that’s always helpful..you don’t want people going around claiming your meds!)
- If possible, have your insurance card.
Pharmacies operate off of a “Disaster Preparedness Protocal”. So if disaster happens in your area, the pharmacies will get instruction from the pharmacy board to give them specific directions on what to do. Luckily due to the technical age, most major pharmacies are interconnected so no matter where you are, they should be able to retrieve your information. So YOU just make sure you have some way to identify yourself – even if it’s an old bottle, that will help with most “frequent users” or “frequent flyers” as I like to call them. ANOTHER tip – this is a reason it’s good to go to the same pharmacy for every refill – develop a relationship with those people so they’ll know your face.
Well, that’s just some of the information I’ve found. I have other little tid bits I’d like to share. Stay tuned!