PatientsĀ and Families

  1. Are you ready?
  2. Hospitals are not shelters
  3. Hurricane supply list
  4. Developing a plan
  5. If you have special medical needs
  6. Especially for seniors

Are you ready?

Do you have special medical needs? Are you expecting? This area is designed for people and their families who have special needs, are homebound or are expecting a child. Being prepared for emergencies such as a hurricane can reduce the anxiety, fear and inconvenience brought on by such a situation.

Each year Florida residents and visitors need to be ready for the effects of a hurricane or other severe weather. As your community hospitals and healthcare providers, we cannot stress enough the importance of being prepared and developing a plan of action before the need for one arises. Click here for information designed for people and their families who have special needs, are homebound or are expecting a child. Being prepared for emergencies such as a hurricane can reduce the anxiety, fear and inconvenience brought on by such a situation.

Each year Florida residents and visitors need to be ready for the effects of a hurricane or other severe weather. As your community hospitals and healthcare providers, we cannot stress enough the importance of being prepared and developing a plan of action before the need for one arises. Click here for information designed for people and their families who have special needs, are homebound or are expecting a child. Being prepared for emergencies such as a hurricane can reduce the anxiety, fear and inconvenience brought on by such a situation.


Hospitals are not shelters

Please remember, first and foremost, your local hospital is an acute care facility providing healthcare for patients. As such, the hospital's resources are already committed to those who need them most, and the hospital is not equipped to act as a shelter.


Hurricane supply list

First Aid Kit
Medications (2-week supply)
Portable radio/flashlight
Extra batteries
Water (one gallon per person per day)
Personal hygiene items
Vitamins
Ready-to-eat canned, non-perishable and high energy foods
Manual can opener
Paper plates and disposable utensils
Plastic bags
Pet food
Change of clothes


Developing a plan

It is very important to develop your Personal Evacuation Plan before the hurricane season.
Identify where you will go if you need to evacuate (relative, friend, public shelter, etc).
Prepare your hurricane supplies.
Stay informed of the latest updates and evacuation orders.
Prepare a detailed list of information about the specifics of your medication regime.
Consult your physician and medical supply vendors to make sure you are adequately prepared for a hurricane.
Contact your local emergency information management office if you have any concerns.
Contact the Broward County Special Needs Shelter Program (954) 537-2888 to see if you qualify for a Special Needs Shelter space during a major disaster or for evacuation assistance.
Wear medical alert tags or bracelets to identify your disability and/or medical condition.
If your physician determines that it is necessary for you to be in the hospital, arrive no later than four hours before hurricane landfall. Usually only the patient can be accommodated. In most cases the hospital cannot accommodate patient family or friends. These pre-registered mothers-to-be should come to the front entrance of the hospital and bring:
Bedding (air mattress, sleeping bag, pillow)
Water and food (for approximately four days)
Clothing (for approximately four days)
Medications and personal hygiene items
Flashlight
For more information, maternity patients may contact the hospital which you plan to deliver.


If you have special medical needs

All persons with a potentially severe medical need or dependency should contact their their physician or their local emergency management office for detailed preparedness information.

Examples of those with special needs may be those who need assistance in administering their own injectable medications, with ostomy and/or catheter management, and/or require minimal monitoring of a medical condition.

If you are dependent on life support systems, or on any medical device which requires electricity, be aware that the power may be off for some time during and after a hurricane. You must therefore plan to relocate early for any hurricane.


Especially for seniors

Stock up on food, water and supplies before the hurricane season starts.
Have at least a two-week supply of your medications.
Stay aware of weather conditions.
If you need to evacuate contact your local emergency management office.
Make plans in advance to stay with friends or relatives living inland on higher ground.