EMSA: Take medical precautions to prepare for cold weatherMedical experts are asking the public to take special precautions to safeguard their health before severe winter weather hits, the Emergency Medical Services Authority reports.
Health conditions can worsen in cold weather, and people should make sure they pick up their prescriptions and can get their regular treatments before storms hit.
Oklahoma is under a winter weather advisory for 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday.
“People usually don't forget to get to the grocery store for extra milk, bread and other items, but we often find that they've overlooked making sure they have their regular medications or don't have reliable transportation to a doctor's appointment if it is snowy or icy,” Lara O'Leary, spokeswoman for EMSA reported in a news release Monday. “This is especially true if the severe weather ends up lasting longer than expected.”
EMSA advises people to do the following now:
Call your doctor or pharmacy and make sure you have three to five days' worth of any medications you may need.
Talk to your doctor about any doctor's appointments that could be interrupted by severe weather, especially time-sensitive appointments such as dialysis.
If you do not have warm housing, make plans ahead of time to stay at a friend or family member's home or a shelter.
Check your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to make sure they are working. Purchase and install new batteries, if necessary.
Make sure you have enough food and water to last three to five days.
EMSA also urges residents to contact neighbors, family or friends — especially the elderly or homebound — to make sure they are prepared and let them know that you will be checking up on them again if severe weather hits.