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May 27, 2011

Remember Your Health During Evacuations

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is reminding Montanans who must evacuate their homes due to flooding to remember their health needs.

“To sustain their self-reliance,evacuees should remember their prescription medicines and any medical equipment they use,” said DPHHS Director Anna Whiting Sorrell. “If you have to evacuate your home, either to a shelter or to a friend’s or family member’s home, take what you need to stay healthy during disasters.”

Items people should have ready to take are prescriptions medicines, spare glasses or contact lenses, any necessary health equipment such as oxygen or c-pap machines, and toiletries.  Other helpful items can be included, such as emergency contact information, identification, health records or information, contact information for health care providers, and first aid kits.  Assembling a “go-kit” prior to any evacuation notice would speed up the response.  Any vehicle that would be used for evacuation should be kept full of gas, and perhaps stocked with necessities.

People with helper animals should also bring food and care items for them, as well.  Shelters are required to take helper animals, but must refuse regular pets, so be sure to make alternate arrangements for them.

In most cases, officials will determine the areas to be evacuated and what routes to use.  For your safety, be sure to follow their instructions promptly, which may contain special instructions to follow.  Information may come by radio, TV, or even by phone.

For more information on staying healthy during flooding events or other disasters, visit the DPHHS website at www.dphhs.mt.gov or the Montana Disaster and Emergency Services website at www.dma.mt.gov/des
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