Safety: Weather, Emergencies, & Natural Disasters

Publication Date: 
Wed, 02/12/2014
By: Alere Staff

In the wake of recent storms, tornadoes, acts of terrorism, and the threat of pandemic influenza, emergency preparedness is on many people’s minds. Being prepared helps you deal with disasters of all sorts much more effectively when they do occur. It is especially important to those living in places where extreme weather and natural disasters occurring are highly likely.

How personally prepared are you for the aftermath of a catastrophic event, no matter the type?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Red Cross, every household should:

PTINR Emergency Kit 1. Buy or prepare an emergency kit
PTINR Disaster Plan 2. Develop a family disaster plan
PTINR Be Informed about Emergencies 3. Be informed. Examples include being aware of local shelters, quarantine, evacuation routes, etc.

Regardless of the type of event, it’s best to have an emergency supply put together. The kit should be checked regularly and any expired or outdated items replaced. The CDC recommends a 7 to 14 day supply of:

  1. Daily medications
  2. Drinking water and non-perishable foods
  3. An emergency first aid kit
  4. Medical testing devices (Home INR monitor, diabetes monitor, etc.) and enough strips, lancets and supplies for several tests.
  5. A battery operated radio with extra batteries
  6. A list of emergency contacts and medical doctors information
  7. Pet food and supplies
  8. Cell phone with charged battery
  9. Wear your medical alert bracelet or necklace

Although it is important to be prepared for any emergency or type of hazard, it is also important to keep in mind that some emergencies may require different preparations or response. For example, you may need to prepare a different emergency plan for earthquakes than for tornadoes. The CDC has a list of preparations and responses to the different potential natural disasters and severe weather you may encounter.

For more information and a list of state resources available for emergencies, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) both have resources available:

FEMA State Offices and Emergency Management

Food Safety in Emergencies

FDA Medical Devices in Emergencies

Contact Alere when you are down to the last 5-6 strips in your Home INR Monitoring Kit. If you are interested in testing your INR at home with an INR monitor, contact Alere today at 1.800.504.4032 to talk about your options.