September is not only back to school month for many, but it’s also National Preparedness Month. Are you and your family adequately prepared to face a natural disaster during hurricane season, which is now upon us, or winds whipping up wildfires in Western states? What about a power outage? The importance of having a “go-bag” with all your vital health information and even food and water to sustain you cannot be overemphasized.
People in the bleeding disorders community need to be prepared for any emergency, whether a personal or family emergency or a community-wide or national emergency. Data from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita show that individuals with chronic conditions experienced the worst outcomes due to interruptions in their continuity of care.
We can prevent that happening to us again as a community by preparing well in advance. If you are not sure how to get started, please check out NHF’s Steps for Living Web site, where you will find many resources to help you and your family prepare for emergencies.Steps for Living was created with financial support from both the CDC and Pfizer, Inc.