Prepare a Kit and Keep an Evacuation Checklist

disasters3The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a list of what should be in your emergency preparedness kit. In addition to gathering these items, make a checklist in priority order of everything you'd need to take if you had to evacuate your home. Make sure that you keep this list on a piece of paper that you often see; don't rely on a computer working in an emergency or on being able to locate your list in an off-the-path location.

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Disasters and emergencies can make it challenging to access HIV medications, pharmacies or health care providers. AIDS.gov recommends having a 10-14 day supply of all your medications at all times to prevent treatment interruptions]]. It's also a good idea to have a summary of your medical and HIV treatment history in case you have to see another provider temporarily.

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Water Is a Key Essential

disasters5Credit: AIDS.gov.Make sure that you have enough water stored. How much is that? The CDC has excellent guidance here. If you have a car, you should keep water there as well because you never know where you will be when disaster strikes. Also, during or after a natural disaster, the risk of water-borne infections or food poisoning could arise, which would be an extra concern if you have a low CD4 count or other forms of immune suppression.

 

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HIV Medications

Disasters and emergencies can make it challenging to access HIV medications, pharmacies or health care providers. AIDS.gov recommends having a 10-14 day supply of all your medications at all times to prevent treatment interruptions]]. It's also a good idea to have a summary of your medical and HIV treatment history in case you have to see another provider temporarily.

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If You Drive, Keep Your Tank at Least Half Full 

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When disaster hits your area, nearby gas stations might be closed because of a lack of power, unexpected demand or disruption of the supply chain. Try to never let the level of gasoline in your car's tank go below half full.

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Rely on Community

"[P]ersonal ties among members of a community ... determine survival during a disaster," research shows. Organizing with neighbors, friends and family for whatever might happen could be the most important plan you make.

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Lifesaving Preparations

Planning for trouble can naturally make us anxious, but these tips might just save your life. Check out AIDS.gov for more resources and links.

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