These disruptions can result in evacuation or relocation from home and the need for assistance to ensure continued access to home medical equipment.
To help prepare you in the event of a medical emergency or disaster, we have compiled some general practices to help you keep your respiratory treatment on track. For our most recent announcements, please access our What's Happening page.
Have an emergency preparedness plan in place before the unexpected happens.
1. Know how you receive emergency alerts and warnings.
- Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are just one-way public safety officials can quickly and effectively alert the public to serious emergencies. As long as you have a WEA-capable device, you will automatically receive alerts. Check with your wireless carrier to ensure they participate in the program.
- Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a national public warning system that allows the government authorities to deliver important emergency information. Alerts are sent through broadcasters, satellite providers, and cable television and wireless cable systems.
- NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations that broadcast continuous weather information from the nearest national Weather Service office based on your physical location.
2. Know what your shelter plan is.
- Depending on the emergency, you may be required to stay at home, shelter in place at a given location, or go to a mass care shelter. To find an emergency center in your area, visit FEMA's Disaster Recovery Center Locator at https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator.
- You can also check your local counties website for their emergency management plans for evacuation and shelter-in-place guidance.
3. Know your evacuation route.
- Having a plan in place before an emergency occurs is vital to making sure that you can evacuate quickly and safely in any emergency situation.
4. Create a personal network for areas in which you may need assistance and save the contact information in an accessible place. Information to have readily accessible includes:
- Lincare's local service center contact information.
- Pharmacy contact information.
- Physician contact information.
5. Get on a priority list for having your power restored in case of a power outage.
6. Plan to get to a health care facility should your health worsen.
That is why it is critical you are adequately prepared to face any unforeseen challenges. Having a safety plan in place and keeping extra supplies on hand can make all the difference when faced with an emergency. And be sure to keep friends and family in the loop relating your in-home therapy routine and travel schedule. They may be able to assist you in case something causes an interruption to your treatment.