The recent East Coast earthquake and now the approach of Hurricane Irene highlight the importance of being prepared for an emergency at any time. There are a number of simple things that any family or individual can do to prepare for the unexpected. They include picking a central meeting place, having an extra supply of factor and other medicines, keeping copies of medical records in a secure location and many more.
The National Hemophilia Foundation has a document called “At a Glance! Key Steps for Individual/Family Preparedness in an Emergency.” The document text appears below, or you can find a printer-friendly version on the NHF website by clicking here. You may also request that a copy be sent to you via regular mail by sending an email to [email protected] or calling (917) 355-7854.
New York City residents can receive emergency notifications from the city by registering at NYC.gov/notifynyc or by calling 311. Additional resources including a hurricane guide are also available on the city’s website at www.nyc.gov. Residents of other areas should contact their local municipality or county government for information on local emergency plans.