Disaster preparedness isn't just about food, water and batteries. You also have to take your health into account.
Here are some tips for making sure you can handle minor emergencies or meet your daily medical needs.
Have a supply of prescription medications on hand. Work with your doctor, insurance company and pharmacy to stockpile extra medication.
Assemble basic first-aid items, including pain medications, antihistamines, antidiarrhea medication, stomach and reflux medications, cough and cold medication, Band-Aids, gauze bandages, medical tape, scissors, tweezers, antibiotic ointment, soap, antiseptic wipes, alcohol pads, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, hydrogen peroxide, disposable cold packs, disposable gloves, boxes of tissue, paper towels, and a first-aid manual.
You may need to personalize your list by adding items such as contact lens solution, spare glasses and sunglasses, hearing-aid batteries, denture care products, dietary food supplements, adult diapers, feminine hygiene supplies, baby supplies, and medications for your pet.
Include a bucket, a bottle of all-purpose disinfectant cleaner, household bleach, insect repellant, bug spray, sunscreen and several sizes of plastic zip-top bags.
If you have medication that requires refrigeration, include a small cooler and several freezer packs.
Make a list of all your prescription medications with dosages, dosing schedules, doctors' names and phone numbers, and pharmacy phone numbers. Include the names and phone numbers of people to contact in an emergency. Keep the information stored with your important papers in a plastic zip-top bag.
If you rely on a motorized scooter or wheelchair, you should have a regular wheelchair on hand in case the electricity goes out and you can't recharge batteries.
Irene Maher, News Channel 8