FALLS CHURCH, Va. —
Hurricane Florence’s imminent arrival is a reminder for people to prepare for their health care needs during severe weather.
TRICARE experts recommend making a list that includes your physician’s name and contact information, medications with dosage and frequency, and type and model number of medical devices. Those with chronic health conditions or issues with vision, hearing, or mobility should get medical alert tags or bracelets, and identify how to get to safety.
Health care officials recommend that people gather immunization records, insurance paperwork and medical documents in a waterproof container that’s easy to carry. Put together a basic first-aid kit with enough medication to ride out a storm. TRICARE authorizes early prescription refills when emergency procedures are in place, as they currently are in, because of Hurricane Florence.
As a reminder, TRICARE beneficiaries not on active duty do not need a referral to receive care from urgent care providers. They can receive urgent care from any TRICARE-authorized urgent care center or provider. This allows beneficiaries to seek nonemergency care for illnesses or injuries if their primary care provider is unavailable because of weather disruptions.
Preparing for Natural Disasters