Hurricane Irma, the most powerful hurricane to threaten the Atlantic coast in more than a decade, is set to smash its way into Florida this weekend. Sustained winds are expected to be up to 185 MPH, and the governor has already declared a state of emergency (as have governors of other Eastern Seaboard states). As you’re boarding up windows, stocking up on food and buying supplies—or leaving town completely—don’t neglect the most important part of all: your prescriptions!
What good is a full tank of gas and a stocked pantry if you don’t have your insulin or pain medication? If you live in a county affected by Irma, you may be able to get a 30-day supply even if your medication is normally subject to time restrictions.
1. Refill now. Today! Go! Boarding up your windows, even leaving town, doesn’t give you a free pass on your medication. It may be days before you can get a hold of your doctor who has to reach to the pharmacy who has to have the medication for you to drive over there to pick it up. And with a Cat 5 monster like Irma is shaping up to be, there are likely to be power outages and closed roads. And with pet medications, it can take even longer to refill!
2. Keep a list. Know what medications you refilled, their dosage, how often you take it, and whether or not you take it with food. It may seem like a no brainer for drugs you take every day, but when the power goes out, when routines are disrupted, when there are other, much more pressing priorities to address, this kind of information takes a back seat—especially if you’re evacuating.
3. Store them in an airtight container. Whether in a Rubbermaid or a Ziploc, ensure they’re easy to locate—especially in case of a power outage—and difficult for water to ruin. If your medicine requires refrigeration, stock up on ice packs (or frozen water bottles) and a mini cooler, just in case the power goes out.
4. Use the GoodNeighborRx app to save up to 93%. Download the app from the App store or Google Play, search for your prescription (and your pet’s!) and present the e-coupon at the pharmacy.
GoodNeighborRx is a Houston-based company. Having just endured the devastating effects of Harvey, our hearts go out to our neighbors in the path of Irma. May you be safe and recover quickly.