Winter storm preparedness, supplies and special needs



Emergency supplies you will need for an ice storm are similar to supplies you will need in any emergency - but there are some additional items. These include kitty litter or sand to keep sidewalks and steps clear of ice, a windshield scraper for the car, warm clothes and extra blankets.

Ice storms pose a major challenge to anyone with special health care needs, especially if you use equipment that requires electricity. If you require dialysis, an oxygen tank or other intensive treatment, make emergency health care plans now. Coordinate with a neighbor who can check on you daily.

Individuals who require daily medications should have at least one week's worth of medicine on hand. Plan what you will do for medications that need to be refrigerated if the power is out.

Winterize your vehicle before a storm. Keep the gas tank full to prevent the fuel line from freezing.

In a severe ice storm, lines may be down and power out for a week or more.

Here is a check list that will serve you well in emergencies:

. One-week supply of non-perishable food, one gallon of bottled water

per person, per day, coolers for food and ice storage

. Credit cards and cash (banks and ATMs may not have power)

. Battery-operated radio, NOAA Weather Radio and extra batteries or

hand crank radio, cell phones and chargers

. First-aid kit, seven-day supply of prescription medications, copies

of prescriptions, special medical items, hearing aids and batteries, eye


. Supplies for a service animal including food, identification tags,

proof of up-to-date vaccinations and veterinarian contact

. Manual can opener, knife, tools, booster cables, fire extinguisher,

duct tape, tarp, rope, flashlight with extra batteries

. Supplies for babies, the elderly, family members with special health

care needs, and food and supplies for pets

. Medical equipment and assistive devices (catheters, augmentative

communication devices, cane, wheelchair, scooter, walker, dressing aids,

oxygen, tubing, feeding supplies, drinking straws),extra batteries and

chargers, hygiene supplies

. List of model numbers or serial numbers of medical devices and


. Medical alert tags or bracelets and written description of your

disability-related or health care conditions

. Medications and copies of all prescriptions, including a list of the

prescription name, dosage, frequency, doctor and pharmacist

. Phone numbers and names of physicians and health care providers,

health insurance information, emergency contact information including your

support network

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