What are the steps for being prepared for a disaster. As a community health nurse, what elements do you think are important to stress to the community? How is your community preparing for a potential disaster, or how has it prepared?
One important aspect of disaster preparation is to ensure that those who take regular medication will have access to it in a disaster. For example, those who need refrigerated insulin should keep a small insulated lunch box and frozen ice packs ready in case power goes out in the refrigerator or in case they must leave the house unexpectedly. That way, they can transfer their insulin in a refrigerated container.
A community health nurse can stress the importance of having an extra supply of medication on hand that can be obtained with a doctor's prescription in case a person must leave their home for an extended period of time.
My community has prepared for a potential disaster by increasing trauma bed capacity in local hospitals.