Part of emergency preparation involves making sure you have at least a three-day supply of all necessary medications. This may mean setting aside some of your prescription, keeping it in your emergency kit, and regularly replacing it in order to keep it fresh.
Include in your emergency kit an up-to-date list of medications you take, including dosages and indicated use. Be sure everything is clearly labeled. Place everything in a waterproof container, like resealable plastic bag, to keep it safe from contamination.
If a major storm starts working its way to Chesapeake, you may want to consider obtaining early refills, just in case you lose access to the pharmacy due to storm conditions. If your medications require refrigeration, be sure to get ice and a cooler to prepare for electricity loss.
If your medications come into contact with flood water, have endured extreme temperatures, or have not been refrigerated when they should have been, be aware that they could be contaminated. Talk with your pharmacist now to determine what conditions would require you to discard the medication or if you could continue taking them until a replacement option is available.
If you have any medical requirements at all, whether it be a prescription, oxygen, dialysis, or anything else necessary for you to maintain your heath, you need to be especially proactive with your emergency planning.