In the wake of both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, preparing for a natural disaster or emergency situation is top of mind for many of us. If you or your family member has a special medical condition and a feeding tube, you may find yourself experiencing an even higher level of stress during an already tense situation.
Our first recommendation is to take warnings seriously. If a weather event, such as a hurricane, is expected in your area, evacuation may be your best option. As the saying goes, it is often “better to be safe than sorry” in these situations.
If you choose to say put during a hurricane, blizzard or other anticipated event, don’t wait until the last minute to prepare. To keep you organized, the Red Cross has numerous resources dedicated to emergency preparedness and a comprehensive safety checklist that covers everything from how much water you need to information on flood insurance. Purchasing a generator may be worth considering if you have special needs. This will allow you to keep medical equipment running and food/formula at the proper temperature in the event of a long-term loss of power.
For our feeding tube friends, we recommend having an emergency kit packed at all times, since you never know when you might find yourself without power or in need of a quick get-away. You can read more about what to stock in your kit here.
Have you prepared yourself and your family for emergency situations? We hope you’ll share your plan on our Facebook page.