Hurricane Preparations and Medication Management

As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast and government agencies warn of the risk of severe damage and flooding, it’s important to take some preventive steps to ensure uninterrupted access to prescription medications that you or a family member require.

The Center for Disease Control is an excellent resource for information on hurricane readiness and has numerous fact sheets available for people suffering from chronic conditions and steps that they and their families should take to ensure that they are not put in danger during and in the aftermath of a hurricane.

If you are worried about how to receive medical care if you are in an evacuation zone, please Download Medicare’s Getting Care and Drugs in a Disaster Area. It explains how Medicare beneficiaries have special rights to get out-of-network care if they live in an area where the President has declared a disaster.

Everyone at is hoping for the best for the thousands of patients that we have in the areas threatened by severe damage from Hurricane Sandy. Some quick preparation tips that we recommend you take to ensure your access to your prescriptions are not threatened in the coming days:

  • Have an emergency list of physicians and medications needed ready to go if you are evacuated.
  • Provide exact names, dosages, and other pertinent information on all medications that you and your loved ones are currently taking. Even bring an empty bottle, the information on the label will help a doctor or pharmacist refill that medication.
  • Put your medication in a watertight bag to protect it from damage. Heat, humidity and sunlight can degrade the effectiveness of medicine, so try to protect it from extreme weather conditions
  • Check up on elderly family or neighbors and assist them in making a list of their medication and properly storing it in case of evacuation.

Our Patient Service team and pharmacy team are available at 24-7. If you are needing a refill or a prescription transferred quickly, we are more than willing to make that happen and make sure you the medication you need.


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