Florida is home to an amazing array of natural disasters. Hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions, tornadoes, wildfires, and floods regularly affect Florida’s residents. It is extremely important for individuals living with epilepsy to learn how to prepare for, and in advance of, a natural disaster. The (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion provides these great tips about staying safe:

Epilepsy & Disaster Preparedness

You can’t stop a natural disaster, but you can take steps now to protect yourself and your family, especially those with medical needs such as epilepsy.

Build an emergency kit

Check out this checklist to know what to include in your emergency kit. You may need to survive on your own for many days after an emergency. To be prepared, you will need enough food, water, and other supplies, such as seizure control medicines, to last at least 72 hours.

Get Help

If you need help with epilepsy medicines or other support after a disaster, help is available. Call the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida at 1-877-553-7453 or the Epilepsy Foundation’s 24/7 helpline. You can speak with trained information specialists who will connect you to local resources.

 
 

Make sure your medicine is safe

It’s important to check all medicine after a natural disaster.

Learn about recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the use of medicines that may have been affected by fire, flooding, or unsafe water after a natural disaster.