Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
- Keep a 15-day supply of medication and supplies on hand. Do not allow your supply go below 15 days.
- For medications requiring refrigeration, have a small portable cooler or ice chest ready for easy transport.
- Bring all your prescription bottles, whether full or empty, of all medications you are currently taking.
- Place your medications in a waterproof bag.
- Heat, humidity, and sunlight can degrade the effectiveness of medicine, so try to protect it from extreme weather conditions.
- Do not forget your eyeglasses, contact lens, hearing aids and extra batteries, canes, dentures, and other medical devices.
- Consider bringing aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever, anti-diarrhea medication, antacid for stomach upset, and laxative with you if you are evacuated.
- For prescription needs while you are evacuated, call the National Veterans Helpline at 1-800-507-4571.
You may be comforted by the Computerized Patient Record System in place at all VA medical facilities nationwide. It offers health care providers a complete electronic record covering all aspects of patient care, including reminders for preventive health care, electronic entry of pharmaceutical orders, display of laboratory results, consultation requests, x-rays, and pathology slides. The importance of this system was dramatically demonstrated after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Medical information for every New Orleans VA Medical Center patient was available at any VA medical center and by any VA physician nationwide. Medical records for non-Veterans were, for the most part, lost forever.