If you wait until there is a storm in the Gulf, you may not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them. Now is the time to look ahead and start planning for the possibility of a large storm making landfall near you.
In the event of a disaster, please check back for important updates and phone numbers that will help you plan for your medical care in the event of an evacuation or disaster.
Cancer patients: Our oncology team is here for you to make sure that you have the resources you need to get medical care wherever you are. The Oncology Patient Evacuation Guide helps you organize your information and plan your next steps in the event of an evacuation. Be sure you have adequate refills of all your important medications on hand (at least two weeks' worth if possible). If you cannot obtain the refills before an evacuation, make sure you investigate what pharmacies are near your evacuation destination and communicate that to your provider as soon as possible.
Patients who are oxygen and/or medication-dependent: Whether you evacuate or not, please ensure you have adequate supplies of medications/oxygen to last up to seven days, in the event a storm causes a loss of services.
Dialysis-dependent patients: In the event of a storm, please reach out to your dialysis center and ask for a copy of your dialysis orders. This will assist you with getting dialyzed at a location away from where you usually get it done, either another local facility or if you evacuate outside the area.
Patients who use a ventilator or medical device: If you or a household member are dependent on electricity for medical devices to function properly, please ensure you have a supply of appropriate batteries and/or access to an alternative location with generator power.
PICC line/chronic antibiotics patients: In preparation for potential weather events, please speak to your doctor about additional supplies or medications if you have a PICC line in place and receive chronic antibiotic therapy.
Patients with a LVAD (left-ventricular assisted device): If you have a Left Ventricular Assisted Device or LVAD, please take proper precautions to ensure your safety. If you intend to evacuate the area, speak with your doctor for a list of areas that have LVAD centers available as most hospitals are not appropriately equipped to manage them. If you do not intend to evacuate and are in the New Orleans area, please try to shelter around Ochsner Medical Center, as we are equipped to handle LVAD emergencies.
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