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Date:8/26/2011

drug containers with screw-top caps, snap lids, or droppers, should be discarded if they are contaminated. In addition, medications that have been placed in any alternative storage containers should be discarded if they have come in contact with flood or contaminated water.
  • For more information, see Safe Drug Use After a Natural Disaster

  • Insulin Storage and Switching Between Products in an Emergency

    • As a general rule, insulin loses its potency according to the temperature it is exposed to and length of that exposure. Under emergency conditions, you might still need to use insulin that has been stored above 86 °F. Such extreme temperatures may cause insulin to lose potency, which could result in loss of blood glucose control over time.
    • In any case, you should try to keep insulin as cool as possible. Try to keep insulin away from direct heat and out of direct sunlight, but if you are using ice, also avoid freezing the insulin.
    • When properly stored insulin becomes available, discard and replace the insulin vials that have been exposed to these extreme conditions.
    • For more information see Information Regarding Insulin Storage and Switching Between Products in an Emergency

    Medical Devices

    • If you have a "life-supporting" or "life-sustaining" device that depends on electricity, you should contact your healthcare provider for information on how to maintain function in the event of a loss of power.
    • Keep your device and supplies clean and dry. If possible, notify your local Public Health Authority to request evacuation prior to adverse weather events.
    • For more information, see

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