MS Mondays: Emergency Preparedness Guide

Those of us on the East coast are starting to feel the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Even here at UroMed’s corporate office in Atlanta, we are experiencing gusty winds, while our Richmond, VA branch is about to close up shop in anticipation for Sandy’s arrival. This storm is going to have a major impact on a lot of people. People in the path of the storm are expected to see high winds, freezing temperatures and the possibility of losing power for days. For someone with limited mobility, this could become a terrifying situation. To help you better prepare for situations like this, here are some emergency-preparedness tips.

1. Have a Plan.
You might be hundreds of miles away from the hurricane, but that doesn’t mean natural disaster can’t happen to you.  Have a plan to evacuate or take cover in the event of a natural disaster well BEFORE it happens. This may include arranging transportation out of town for you and your wheelchair. Many cities offer wheelchair emergency transportation. Don’t forget to pack medicine and continence products you might need.

2. Pack an emergency supply kit.
Make sure you keep a supply of bottled water and canned food in the event you might be without power or stranded at your residence for a few days. Also include flashlights and a charged car battery. This can be used to charge power wheelchairs and other medical equipment. Make sure you have enough medicine and medical supplies to last you a week. It might be some time before you can get access to more.

 3.Keep your Equipment Performing Properly.
After a natural disaster, you may end up having to deal with difficult walking, driving or rolling conditions. If you are in an area that gets a lot of snow, consider investing in snow tires for your wheelchair or accessible van. If you use a walker or cane, you can get ice grippers for the tips. Also, wear waterproof shoes that have a good deal of traction if you are worried about falling. When heading out in wet conditions, wear rain boots and gloves to keep your clothes dry and your hands warm. The gloves will also help grip slippery wheelchair tires.

4. Stay informed.  
The best way to stay safe is to be informed. Keep up with local news and weather to know how you will be affected and when. Talk to local authorities to learn what their plan of action is when disaster strikes.

Hopefully you won’t ever need to use these tips, but if you do, remember that preparedness can mean the difference between weathering the storm and being swept away by flood waters.

And now for your weather-related, MS Monday Motivational Moment: 

Multiple Sclerosis Resources

UroMed provides links to the following educational resources for patients, caregivers and medical professionals to help increase awareness, support and assistance for people affected by Multiple Sclerosis.

We are also strong advocates. Almost 20% of UroMed’s Customer Care Associates or one of their family members has some form of disability, enabling us to share our understanding and expertise when working with you.

20% of UroMed employees either have a disability or a family member with a disability.

20% of UroMed employees either have a disability or a family member with a disability.

Just Diagnosed

You may have a wide range of questions and concerns if you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has created a special page to help you with the information and support you need to live comfortably and confidently with this change in your life. Please visit http://www.nationalmssociety.org/about-multiple-sclerosis/newly-diagnosed/index.aspx

Advanced MS

Although MS is a progressive disease, the rate of progression differs from one person to another. The key message to anyone living with advanced MS is that there is always more that can be done to improve the situation. For people whose MS has become more disabling—and their family members and friends—the NMSS has provided information about how to manage the challenges they face at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/about-multiple-sclerosis/living-with-advanced-ms/index.aspx

Multiple Sclerosis & Urology Questions

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society also has produced an excellent brochure to assist people with urological information, Living with an MS Bladder.


About the Author:
 Lindsey Beacham, from Atlanta, serves as Marketing Coordinator for UroMed. She graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Criminology and from Georgia State University with a B.B.A in Marketing. When she’s not busy with marketing or studying for additional degrees, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

About UroMed Catheters
Headquartered in Suwanee, GA [a suburb of Atlanta], UroMed is one of the nation’s leading providers of single-use catheters, urological and disposable medical supplies, including intermittent catheters, closed system catheters, condom catheters, pediatric catheters and continence care products. UroMed is nationally accredited for Medicare reimbursement and most state Medicaid plans, and partners with private health insurance providers and health plans to provide patients with single-use catheters, catheter kits and incontinence products. UroMed also has seven staffed regional offices located in Boston, MA; Columbia, SC; Jacksonville, FL; Dallas, TX; Carlsbad, CA; Knoxville, TN; Richmond, VA; and Baton Rouge, LA; enabling next-day delivery after a customer’s initial medical supply order. For more information, please visit http://www.uromed.com or call 1-800-841-1233.

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