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As we approach the active hurricane and tropical storm season in our area, it is important to be prepared for a natural disasters.  Emergencies happen quickly so having a plan and an emergency kit ready to go is key.  For most people, an emergency kit will consist of flashlights, batteries, bottled water, a first aid kit, canned or ready-eat-foods, and a radio.

But did you know you should include an eye-related emergency kit?  Here is a list of what it should include:

  • Spare glasses that are impact resistant
  • Safety goggles & sunglasses
  • Artificial tears & saline solution
  • For contact lens wearers, having extra contact lenses & multipurpose contact solution
  • If you have prescription eye drops, you should have a 2 week supply available

It is also important to take safety precautions when cleaning up from a natural disaster.  Mold, contaminants, & dangerous chemicals are a real threat.  Wearing safety goggles, a respiratory mask, and gloves are essential to prevent any injuries or diseases while cleaning up.

Children are especially vulnerable and extra safety precautions should be taken to insure their health and safety. The EPA states:

  • Children’s nervous, immune response, digestive and other bodily systems are still developing and are more easily harmed;
  • Children eat more food, drink more fluids, and breathe more air than adults in proportion to their body size – so it is important to take extra care to ensure the safety of their food, drink and air;
  • They way children behave – such as crawling and placing objects in their mouths – can increase their risk of exposure to chemicals and organisms in the environment.

Children’s eyes are still developing and it is important for them to not be exposed to blinding lights, sparks, or pointed objects that could harm their eyes.  Your emergency kit should include eye goggles for children and if they wear glasses, an extra set in case their glasses are damaged or lost.

As we know from our experience with hurricanes & tropical storms, it is essential to be prepared for anything:  flooding, loss of electricity, damaged homes or cars, loss of mobile phone service, and difficulty getting emergency services.  Being prepared for natural disasters will help minimize the discomfort of the situation. Be Safe & Be Prepared!

 

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