Plan for medical needs in the event of power outages
If you or a family member requires life-support equipment such as a respirator, be sure to have a backup source of power ready if the power does go out.
In the event of a prolonged power outage, keep these tips in mind if you have a patient with a medical need:
- Keep your backup generator in good condition and test it periodically. Never run the generator in an enclosed area like a garage or carport where potential lethal carbon monoxide fumes could build up.
- Assemble extra medical supplies.
- Stock extra prescription drugs.
- Make arrangements for transportation and an alternate location, both nearby and a little farther away.
- Download the Food and Drug Administration’s free guide to preparing and handling power outages for electrical medical devices.