Make Eyeglasses and Medication Part of Your Evacuation Checklist
Written By: Beatrice Shelton
Nov. 27, 2018
When disaster strikes, will you be prepared? If you had just minutes to leave your home, what would you take? If you have ever thought about an emergency preparedness plan, then you’ve probably thought about packing nonperishable items, batteries, and water. But don’t forget about eyeglasses and medication.
Ophthalmologists recommend following these tips to ensure your ready-to-go bag is ready:
- Create an emergency kit and store all medications in a sealed plastic container or zipper closure plastic bag to protect items from water and other debris. Be sure to pack your kids’ needs too.
- Leave contact lenses at home. It’s the safest way to avoid an eye infection if you cannot properly store lenses in contact lens solution. Bottled water is not a substitute.
- Grab a pair of prescription glasses or readers. Keep a backup pair in your emergency kit.
- Speak with your ophthalmologist ahead of time about your medication. Make sure you have enough to hold you over until you can see a doctor.
- Store medication in a safe dry place.
If you’re caught in a disaster and need medication or glasses, check with local emergency services or hospitals for help.
For more information on disaster preparedness, including complete preparation checklists, visit Ready.gov.