Medical Monday: Medical disaster kits for hurricane season

A view of Hurricane Dorian. Photo provided by NOAA.

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Having a disaster kit ready with food and water is crucial during hurricane season. Emergency officials recommend a 7-day supply of food and water. While many people are familiar with those recommendations, you might not consider having a medical disaster kit prepared as well.

Items to consider in a medical disaster kit include:
- 7-day supply of prescription medications
- Non-prescription pain relievers and antacids
- Copies of insurance card
- Names and numbers of physicians
- Important medical history documentation
- Glasses or contact lenses
- Personal hygiene items or needed medical equipment
- Feminine hygiene items
- First aid kit

If you have any questions about what medical items you might need during a disaster, reach out to your physician ahead of an approaching storm.

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