Prescription medications: a vital part of emergency readiness

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Consumer reports are urging people to include prescription medications in their emergency readiness supplies.

They advise people to make sure that all needed medication is on hand before disaster strikes, and if they do run out to head to their nearest pharmacy as soon as it is safe.

"Once a state of emergency has been declared, in certain states, a pharmacist can give you up to a 30-day supply of your medication without your doctor's authorization," says Trisha Calvo, the Consumer Reports Health Editor.

The Red Cross and other disaster recovery agencies can also assist with getting medication during and following disasters.

Keeping a list of all medications along with dosing information is another way that consumer reports say people should prepare for an emergency.

In the event of an evacuation, consumer reports advise people to bring all of their medications, in their original containers with the original labels. If any medication is damaged, wet, or looks or smells different, throw it away- they may be contaminated by floodwaters, and dangerous to take.

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