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Are You Prepared For Hurricane Season?

Are You Ready road sign against a dark, cloudy and thunderous sky. Conceptually warning of danger ahead.
We are in the midst of hurricane season, which means everyone should have their disaster readiness kit fully stocked and handy. If you haven’t gotten yours together yet, don’t wait!
 
As you’re about to discover, there are many items and tips for you to defend yourself during storm season. With these tips from our Chief Medical Officer Robbyn Traylor MD., we hope everyone will have better outcomes, always!
 
For immediate wound care please refer to the following:
  1. Wash the wound with water. Cleaning a wound with tap water is just fine. However, before doing so,  check whether there is a public notice to boil water in your area.
  2. Wash with gentle soap. Dawn, castle soap, or baby soap. Note: avoid cleaning with straight alcohol or caustic liquids.
  3. If you are bleeding, apply direct pressure on the area of concern and hold pressure for 5-10 minutes until the bleeding stops.
  4. Once the bleeding has subsided you can cover the wound with a band-aid or clean wrapping to cover the wound. It may not be ideal, but anything to cover the wound until you can receive a medical-grade bandage.
  5. For pain, Dr. Traylor recommends taking Acetaminophen (Tylenol®). However, if you do not have this around, just note that any Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen, increase bleeding time.

 

Here’s a list of what items to include for emergencies:

1. Water – You should have 1 gallon of water per person in your household per day for at least three days. That means if you have a family of 5, you need 15 gallons of water stocked.

2. Food – Non-perishable food such as tuna, salmon, canned fruit, instant soup mixes, peanut butter, and cereal

3. Battery-powered or hand-crank radio

4. Flashlight (and back-up batteries)

5. First aid kit – see our blog on what to stock in a first aid kit if you need help with this one.

6. Extra batteries, specifically, the kind needed for your flashlight and radio

7. A whistle to signal for help

8. Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for sanitation

9. Wrench or pliers in case utilities need to be shut off

10. Manual can opener for food

11. Local maps (in case you’re unable to charge your smart devices)

12. Cell phone with chargers and back up batteries

 

Additional items to consider include: prescription medications, non-prescription medications, such as pain relievers and anti-diarrheal, glasses and contact lens solution, infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, per food and extra water for your pet, cash or checks, sleeping bags, a complete change of clothing and sturdy shoes, fire extinguisher, feminine supplies, books, and games.

Dr. Traylor would also like to share the care and leave others with this simple reminder, “If you find yourself in a serious situation please know that Next Level is always here for you. During Hurricane Harvey, Next Level was closed for one day only. Our team members got to work by boat, helicopter, and driving down back roads. We are incredibly committed to our community.”
 

For more information, visit: https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

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