5 Ways to Prep Your Health for Tropical Storm Dorian

5 Ways to Prep Your Health for Tropical Storm Dorian

August 27, 2019

Tropical Storm Dorian, the fourth named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, developed rapidly off the northern coast of Brazil on August 24 and now threatens multiple islands still recovering from the 2017 hurricane season.

After strengthening quickly and reaching tropical storm status just hours after coming into existence, Dorian may not meet the criteria of a “hurricane but does seem to reflect the common phenomenon of accelerating storm development seen in recent years.

Now, Dorian is moving across St. Lucia and into the Eastern Caribbean Sea with tropical-storm-force winds and stands to impact Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Hispaniola beginning Wednesday evening. The Bahamas and Florida should brace themselves for impacts beginning Thursday and into Sunday.

Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands have strengthened their response capabilities since the 2017 Hurricanes that devastated the region. Long-lasting partnerships to mitigate the infrastructural impacts of hurricanes have formed since 2017. The resilience the islands have shown since Hurricane Maria is incredible and we look to further support the islands to continue the region’s response efforts.

If you are a resident of any of the locations in Dorian’s path, you should always take steps to protect your and your family’s health.

Here are 5 ways to prepare your health for Tropical Storm Dorian:

  1. Rx Open – Use Rx Open, a free map that helps you find nearby open pharmacies during disasters, to refill your medications. Rx Open will be turned on for Puerto Rico, the USVI, and Florida beginning Wednesday, August 28.
  2. Hurricane Health Preparedness Tip Sheet - Remember that a natural disaster can interrupt ability to access medications or health services. Healthcare Ready’s tip sheet for preparing your health for disasters can help you make sure you are ready to manage your healthcare needs before Dorian arrives.
  3. ASPR TRACIE resource hub – ASPR TRACIE has developed a digital hurricane resource hub that allows you to explore resources by topic, such as patient condition. Use this source to find specific information for you, such as how to manage your diabetes, mental health, or your child’s health before, during, and after Dorian.
  4. Stay connected – Make sure you stay connected by following your state and local public health and emergency management agencies’ social media accounts. Search for relevant hashtags to Tropical Storm Dorian such as #Dorian and #TropicalStormDorian.
  5. Rx On the Run – Rx on the Run is a printable wallet-sized card that documents your prescriptions and other important medical information. Use Rx on the Run to keep this info with you in the case of evacuation.

Healthcare Ready is at ENGAGED status for Tropical Storm Dorian.

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Sarah Baker

Sarah Baker is the Programs Director of Healthcare Ready. In this role she oversees the organization's preparedness and resilience programming, as well as policy research and analysis efforts. She additionally supports the organization's disaster activations, most recently serving as the deputy lead during the duration of the organization's response to the historic 2017 hurricane season.