Three Easy Ways to Prepare Your Medicine Cabinet for an Emergency
Because a large-scale disaster, such as hurricane, could make it difficult to find an open pharmacy and/or get your prescription filled, it is important that you organize and protect your prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, and vitamins in preparation for an emergency. Here are ways to get started:
- Have at least a 7- to 10-day supply of medications and medical supplies. Find out if laws in your state authorize pharmacists to dispense a 30-day refill of medications as part of an emergency declaration.
- Keep a list of all your medications, dosages, and contact information for your doctor and pharmacist with your other important paperwork.
- Don’t let the medications in your emergency supply kit expire. Check the dates at least twice every year.
For more information, tips, and lists, visit cdc.gov/prepyourhealth.