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Recommended Checklist for Patients

  • Stay informed on the evolving event
  • Maintain an updated list of all personal physicians for you and your family members, including office phone numbers and after-hours or emergency contact numbers
  • Make decisions early about sheltering at home or locating appropriate shelter and medical services for family members who require special health care needs 
  • Have at least one week's worth of medicine on hand, especially prescriptions, as needed for each family member
  • Charge cell phones ahead of the event
  • Create an emergency preparedness kit (see below)
  • In the event of an evacuation, take important family documents, such as insurance policies, mortgage papers and physician contact information with you. 
  • Assistive Technology (AT) - be prepared to evacuate with all AT devices and components necessary for independent daily living in the face of an emergency. LATAN offers a checklist and resources.



Call 1-888-LAHELPU (524-3578) for up to the minute information on obtaining food, water & shelter; volunteering for rescue/recovery efforts; prescription assistance; missing persons and more.

Parish Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness Contact Numbers


Web Resources and Links

Mercy Flight Southeast -  
A non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1983. Their mission is to provide free air transportation to children and adults with medical and other compelling humanitarian needs. 
LA Governor's Office of Homeland Security -
When a hurricane strikes, will you be ready? It's critical that you are, for your safety and your family's. The key is to have a winning game plan. On this page, you'll find links to PDFs and web sites that can help you develop a simple but successful game plan for your family. That way, they'll know what to do, where to go and who to call when there's a hurricane.
American Red Cross -
Being prepared for emergencies is crucial at home, school, work and in your community. Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood, workplace or school or can confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services – water, gas, electricity or telephones – were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. The best way to make you and your family safer is to be prepared before disaster strikes.

Prepared, Not Scared -
Helps children and families deal with the emotions brought on by a hurricane.
Centers for Disease Control -
Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network -
LATAN urges Louisiana residents who use Assistive Technology (AT) to make plans and become prepared to be able to evacuate with all AT devices and components necessary for independent daily living in the face of imminent flooding. In addition to being personally prepared for all disasters, LATAN offers this checklist of suggestions that users of AT can follow when faced with evacuation.
Homeland Security's Web site


More Information

Being Prepared: Protecting your Family from Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and Other Disasters
by Katharine C. Rathbun, MD, MPH
Published by (2006)
For updates and additional information:

Health Care and Disaster Planning Book 

Health Care and Disaster Planning (LSMS) - DOWNLOAD the document


Contact Us

Louisiana State Medical Society

6767 Perkins Road, Suite 100
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Ph: 800.375.9508 | 225.763.8500
Fax: 225.768.5601