As communities in the southeastern region of the United States begin to navigate the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, The Michael J. Fox Foundation would like to express its continued support for all those impacted. And, we remain dedicated to assisting individuals in Florida who may be affected by Hurricane Irma.
Below, you'll find a comprehensive list of emergency assistance resources and tips on how people with Parkinson's disease (PD) can prepare for hurricanes and other natural disasters.
Preparing for an Emergency
The Red Cross offers a full range of Safety Steps for Hurricane Irma as well as all other natural disasters.
Additionally, the following tips may be helpful for people with PD.
- Ensure you have water. One to two gallons of water per person, per day is recommended. You should have a three-day supply on hand for evacuation and a two-week supply at home.
- Pack your medications and make a list of them as well as the names of your doctors and their contact information.
- Create a disaster preparedness kit that includes: food, a flashlight, a radio, cash, mobile phone/charger and personal documents.
- Keep a PD medical alert card with you, if you have one.
Additional Emergency Assistance Resources
- American Red Cross: Maintains a live map of open shelters (also found by calling 1-800-733-2767) and nationwide locations to donate blood or platelets.
- Americares: Offers emergency support and services.
- FEMA.gov: Lists emergency management services in every state. The agency also has specific information on Hurricane Harvey and federal aid programs for Texas residents.
- Healthcare Ready: Provides links to open pharmacies.
- Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies: Operates a hotline, 1-800-626-4949, to help people with disabilities and the elderly find safety. The organization also provides for immediate needs related to durable medical equipment and supplies.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Staffs a Disaster Distress Line at 1-800-985-5990.
If you would like to help, please share this with anyone you know in the affected areas.