Emergency Preparedness for People With Chronic Diseases

CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
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Emergency Preparedness for People With Chronic Diseases

During natural disasters and other emergencies, people with chronic diseases can face special health challenges. The tips below can help you prepare.

 

3 Tips to Prepare for a Natural Disaster

food, water, medical supplies

Gather enough food, water, and medical supplies to last at least 72 hours.

medical supplies and medicine

Prepare a 7- to 10-day supply of prescription medications.

important documents and medical records

Collect and protect important documents and medical records.

If you are living with one of the following chronic diseases, these resources can help:

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Cancer

Be Prepared for
an Emergency

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Diabetes

Disaster Preparedness for People With Diabetes

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Epilepsy

Epilepsy and Disaster Preparedness

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High Blood Pressure

Emergency Preparedness for People With High Blood Pressure
[PDF – 947 KB]

Needs during a disaster can also be shaped by your stage of life.
Read more to be prepared.

These general resources can help you prepare or recover
in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency:

Personal Health Preparedness
Plan Ahead for Disastersexternal icon
Wash Your Hands pdf icon[PDF – 275 KB]
Keep Food and Water Safe After a Natural Disaster
Page last reviewed: September 5, 2019, 12:00 AM