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Winter Storm Preparedness: Persons With Functional And Access Needs

Winter and ice storms pose a major challenge to anyone with functional and access needs, especially if you use equipment that requires electricity. If you require dialysis, an oxygen tank or other intensive treatment, make emergency health care plans now. An ice storm can knock the power out for days.

Contact your primary health care provider, your insurance company or your medical equipment supplier for help in planning. Coordinate with a neighbor who can check on you daily. Individuals who require daily medications should have at least one week's worth of medicine on hand. Plan what you will do for medications that need to be refrigerated if the power is out. This check list will serve you well in any emergency.