NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina – Leaders at Trident Medical Center advise individuals to stock up on medications and supplies before Hurricane Ian makes landfall in the Lowcountry.
The medical system in the Lowcountry understands that patients are tired of hearing about warnings, whether for storms or COVID, but they emphasize that being prepared now will help keep people safe in the future.
Kenneth Perry, assistant medical director of the facility, stated that during a storm, medications become a major worry, particularly for individuals who are nearing the end of their prescription.
If pharmacies lose power during a storm, it could be up to two days before prescriptions can be refilled.
However, it is not simply drugs.
Officials also stress the importance of obtaining additional medical supplies, such as oxygen for dependent family members, in advance of the storm.
Perry added that when the storm strikes, hospital resources may be depleted.
“Know that we’re here to care for you, but at times, depending on the circumstances, even those who are there to provide can’t do as much due to limited resources,” Perry added. “We want you to take advantage of this opportunity to protect yourself and your loved ones.”
Perry stated that people can also assist by reaching out to their neighbors to determine if they need power or other supplies to weather the storm.