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Medical Tips For Braving The Storm

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Besides flashlights, batteries, and home and renter's insurance, city residents are being urged to put their medical checklists into action to help get through the storm. NY1's Kafi Drexel filed the following report.

We're all hopefully heading for higher ground, but while taking all the right safety steps - when it comes to personal healthcare - there are a few other things you should keep in mind for that "Go Kit."

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners has tips for braving it through a hurricane threat or any type of emergency. The first one may seem simple, but make sure all of those "in case of emergency" doctors numbers you have on your computer or keep in your cell phone also get jotted down on paper.

"We get into a situation potentially where electricity is not going to be be working. That cell directory is not going to work. Here is a time to print out hard copies of your physician, nurse practitioner, midwife whoever your healthcare providers are. Have their names and numbers written down and have copies for every member of the family," says American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Region Director Joy Elwell.

And make sure you also have lists of all regular medications, with names spelled out correctly, dosage information, and times they need to be taken. Have insurance and ID cards handy too and keep it all in a zip-lock bag to keep it from getting wet.

While you are doing that, check emergency usage recommendations. Some prescriptions need to be kept cool to remain effective.

And there's a reason to stand on grocery store lines for what's left of bottled water on the shelves. If the water supply is affected, dehydration can lead to serious health complications, especially for the elderly.

"The rule of thumb is one gallon per person per day for at least three days. So the magic numbers are three days for water and food and seven days for medications," says Elwell. "So if people are taking prescriptions or over-the-counter medications make sure there is a seven day supply because if the drug stores are closed or even open they may run out of stock. So let's make sure we count our medications, that we've poured them in one of those pill boxes we can buy and we know they have a seven day supply."

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