Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness
When every second counts, be prepared! Hurricane season is June 1 through November 30. But, here in Louisiana, flash floods, tornadoes and other severe weather events can happen year-round. If you don’t already have a game plan for yourself and your family, it’s time to make one!
Prepare for severe weather
- Emergency kits should be packed and ready to take anywhere. Emergency kits should include basic supplies, like water, food, flashlights, clothing and personal items.
- Have a personal evacuation plan. Make a list of several places you could go if you are told to evacuate. If you have a family, you’ll need to make sure there is a place for everyone to go, even if you can’t stay together. Family members with disabilities, babies and older adults may need a special plan. Include a plan for pets.
- Check for weather alerts. Be sure you know when bad weather is coming.
Prepare for medical needs
- Create a Louisiana Healthcare Connections member account for 24/7 access to your personal health record.
- Keep your Member ID and Medicaid cards with you at all times.
- Have at least a seven-day supply of any medications you may be taking and backup medical items such as hearing aids, glasses, syringes or contact lenses.
- Keep copies of your medical records in a safe, secure place. This should include medication lists, health insurance information, and contact information for your healthcare providers.
- Be sure to write down information about any specific allergies or dietary restrictions, and instructions for any medical equipment you may need to bring with you. If you have to evacuate, take this information with you.
- If you rely on a medical device that requires electricity, contact your local power company and emergency authorities, and make certain that you have a way to power your device during a power outage. Make sure that a neighbor or loved one is aware of your situation and knows what to do in the event of a power outage.
- Talk to your healthcare provider about what to do in an emergency situation. Make sure your care instructions are written down, and take these with you if you need to evacuate.
Visit GetAGamePlan.org, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness website or download the Get A Game Plan app on your Android or iPhone. You'll find safety tips to help you create your own emergency plan.
Follow the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) on Twitter or connect on Facebook to get emergency updates.
If you are a Louisiana Healthcare Connections member and you need help before, during or after a disaster, call us at 1-866-595-8133 (Hearing Loss: 711). And be sure to stay connected with Louisiana Healthcare Connections on Facebook.