Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs



  • Always have at least a 3 to 5 day supply of all of your meds.
  • Store your meds in one location and in their original containers.
  • Have a list of all of your medications: name of medication, dose, frequency, and prescribing doctor.

Medical Supplies

  • If you use medical supplies such as bandages, ostomy bags, or syringes, have an extra three day supply available Intravenous (IV) & Feeding Tube Equipment.
  • Ask your home care provider about manual infusion techniques in case of a power outage.
  • Have written operating instructions attached to all equipment.

Oxygen and Breathing Equipment

  • If you use oxygen, have an emergency supply (three days or more).
  • Oxygen tanks should be securely braced so they do not fall over. Check with your medical supply company regarding bracing instructions.
  • If you use breathing equipment, have a three-day supply or more of tubing, solutions, medications, etc.
  • If you use a suction machine, make sure to have backups of all its supplies.

Power Battery

  • Know battery backup for all Medical Equipment including but not limited to infusion pumps and respiratory equipment.  Also know how long this backup would last in an emergency.
  • If you have a generator, make sure you have enough fuel to last an extended time.

Other (items used in daily routine are most often forgotten)

  • Depends, Chux, Urinal, Rubber Gloves, Lubricating Jelly
  • Think about the products you use every day in create a list of them to prioritize

Make a List

  • Make a list of all needed equipment and its needed supplies
  • Indicate where each is located
  • Include needed but usually forgotten items
  • Indicate where each is located