Disaster Planning

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. Families can cope by preparing in advance. Knowing what to do is your best protection. Dr. Edward Hill discusses disaster planning in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Disasters, whether natural or not, can occur at any time. Injury, illness and death can also occur in the aftermath of a disaster because normal services, including hospitals and other health care services, may be partially or completely disrupted.

Knowing what to do after a disaster can help keep you safe and healthy even in the face of extreme hardship.

Make a disaster plan for you and your family. Many resources are available, including online, to help you put together a plan.

Every home should have a basic first aid kit.

Keep mobile telephones and electronic devices charged.

Have plenty of supplies on hand, including a flashlight, batteries, candles, matches, toilet paper, trash bags, disinfectant wipes, and any medications you and your family may need.

Keep at least three days worth of food and water, enough for your entire family, in a safe place.

Do not stay in a home that is unsafe. During and after disasters, shelters are available through local government and aid agencies.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.