Are You Ready for Hurricane Season?

Hurricane season is from June 1st through November 30th. We want you to stay healthy and safe, so please prepare ahead of time.

This year, we are also dealing with COVID-19 during the hurricane season. This means there are additional precautions to consider. Avoid stress by making plans now.

Many Floridians are staying home to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please note that a hurricane could pose a more serious threat and require you to seek a group shelter.

In addition to stocking up on basic supplies like water, flashlights, batteries, and non-perishable foods, consider these five steps to help prepare for a tropical storm or hurricane this season:

  1. Prepare your emergency kit with personal protective and healthcare items in addition to food, water, and basic supplies. If possible, avoid crowds at the store by using a delivery service or going shopping before a storm develops. Are these items in your emergency kit?1
    • ☑ Prescription details, including names and quantities of medications and who prescribed them.
    • ☑ Copies of your health insurance member ID card and other identification.
    • ☑ Contact information for your doctors and pharmacy.
    • ☑ First aid kit.
    • ☑ Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes.
    • ☑ For those with diabetes, blood glucose testing supplies including lancets, test strips, at least two glucose meters with extra batteries, and a cooler with multiple re-freezable packs.
    • ☑ Face masks. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends two protective face coverings per person if you go to a hurricane shelter.2
  2. To avoid forgetting critical medical equipment during an emergency evacuation, make a list of what you would need to take with you, such as a cane, walker, glasses, insulin, and hearing aids (with extra batteries).
  3. If you or a loved one require power to operate medical equipment such as oxygen, nebulizers, or sleep apnea masks, be sure to secure a generator or alternate power source early in the season. This equipment may be difficult to find when a storm is approaching.
  4. Pre-register for a Special Needs Shelter. These temporary emergency facilities provide care to residents with a medical condition that exceeds the capabilities of a Red Cross Shelter, but is not severe enough to require hospitalization.3 To secure your spot, you can pre-register by contacting your county emergency management office now. Click here to learn more (link opens in new window).
  5. Take advantage of 30- to 90-day mail order pharmacy services to ensure you don’t run out of medicine if businesses are closed or you are away from home.
    • To help our members prepare for extended supply needs during COVID-19, CarePlus is allowing early prescription refills for an extra 30 or 90-day supply. This is available through October 23, 2020.
    • Home delivery of prescriptions may be available. Check with your current network pharmacies to see if they offer local prescription delivery to support patients in social isolation due to COVID-19. As an alternative, our members may use PrescribIT Rx*, CarePlus’ preferred cost-sharing mail order pharmacy, to have their prescription drugs delivered to them. Members can register for PrescribeIT Rx’s mail order delivery by calling 1-800-526-1490 . Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Eastern Time. Please keep in mind that first-time setup takes approximately five to ten days for processing and delivery after prescription orders are received. To see a list of our network mail-order pharmacies, please refer to our Provider Directories webpage here.

      *Other pharmacies are available in our network.

For guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about preparing for hurricane season during COVID-19, and how to protect yourself and others in a public shelter, click here to visit cdc.gov(link opens in new window).

To review CarePlus tips and health plan benefits to help members stay safe during COVID-19, click here.

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Sources:

  1. Center for Preparedness and Response; Take Action. (2020, April 13). Retrieved July 28, 2020, from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/cpr/prepareyourhealth/TakeAction.htm(link opens in new window)
  2. Preparing for Hurricanes During the COVID-19 Pandemic. (2020, May 6). Retrieved June 3, 2020, from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/covid-19/prepare-for-hurricane.html(link opens in new window)
  3. Important Shelter Information (2020). Retrieved June 3, 2020, from Florida Division of Emergency Management. https://www.floridadisaster.org/planprepare/disability/evacuations-and-shelters/shelter-information/(link opens in new window)