In a disaster, people with special medical needs have extra concerns. Take the following steps if you or your family members have special medical needs:
Have an extra three-day supply of any medical supplies you use, such as bandages, ostomy bags or syringes.
For all medical equipment requiring electrical power such as beds, breathing equipment or infusion pumps - check with your medical supply company and get information regarding a backup power source such as a battery or generator.
If you use oxygen, have an emergency supply (enough for at least a three day period).
Oxygen tanks should be securely braced so they do not fall over. Call your medical supply company regarding bracing instructions.
Prepare copies of vital medical papers such as insurance cards and power of attorney.
Store extra batteries for hearing aids, implants, TTY and light phone signaler.
If hearing impaired, determine how you will communicate with emergency personnel if there is no interpreter or if you don't have your hearing aids. Store paper and pens for this purpose.
Service animals may become confused, frightened or disoriented during and after a disaster. Keep them confined or securely leashed or harnessed. A leash/harness is an important item for managing a nervous or upset animal.
Preparing Your Medication
Always have at least a three-day supply of all your medications. In some emergencies, such as an influenza pandemic, you may need to prepare for a week or more.
Store your medications in one location in their original containers.
Have a list of all your medications: name of medication, does, frequency, and the name of the prescribing doctor.
Special Needs Program
Santa Rosa County Special Needs Program is a voluntary program that should be considered by individuals who have no alternative than a public shelter or, need transportation to a shelter. The Emergency Management Division recommends using this program only as a "last resort" and individuals with special needs should consider sheltering with relatives or friends. Find more information and apply for the program online.