Surviving A Hurricane with Severe Asthma
There have been so many hurricanes hitting lately, things along the coast have gotten tough. When a storm is coming, there are several phases that individuals have to endure. There is the normal chaos surrounding the prep time before the storm hits, the time during the actual storm, and then the aftermath of the storm.
Preparing asthma supplies before a hurricane
It is important to make sure all of your asthma prescriptions are filled before the hurricane arrives, even if you are not completely out of the medication yet. If your pharmacy is able to fill it for you, have it filled.
Since there is no way to know what the effect of the storm may be on your area, you do not want to risk running out of medications. So while you are stocking up on other items for your household, do not forget to go through your pharmacy. You will want to get your prescription medications and some over the counter products such as bandages and antibiotic ointments.
During the hurricane
Another important aspect is to keep a level head during the storm, regardless of whether you stay home or if you evacuate. If you panic, things can become more dangerous because that can easily set off an asthma attack. It is also important to maintain your treatment protocols to the best of your ability.
The aftermath is the hardest aspect of the hurricane process if your home has damage. It is very hard because we have to make sure to keep our lungs protected from breathing in extra contaminants. Do not get lost in all of the craziness that may follow and neglect your designated treatments. I do understand that it can be hard to stick to certain routines, but nothing is more important than your health.
If something happens to your medications and they get damaged during the storm, your pharmacy should be able to work with your insurance to replace those medications, especially if your area is declared a disaster zone.
In the event of hurricane Harvey, the water damage to homes seemed to mold extremely fast compared to other flood events the area has seen in the past. This is not a good thing for those of us with asthma and other lung issues.
If you have to be a part of cleaning up a damaged home, it is important to wear the masks and change them out properly. Once the damaged sheetrock and insulation is removed, give the studs and plywood time to dry out. Once everything has dried out enough, everything should be treated for mold and allowed to dry some more before you put the new insulation and sheetrock up.
Has your asthma been impacted by a hurricane?
Hopefully, you are never strongly impacted by these storms. In the event that you find yourself facing the possibility, try to stay calm. Remember to keep your prescribed treatment plans and if necessary, inquire about emergency clinics that get set up in disaster zones if your clinic is unable to open.
Do you have any tips for preparing for a hurricane with asthma? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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