No matter the strength of Hanna, medical professionals say if you are on any kind of medicine, or use a medical device, you need to be prepared for the effects of the storm. Registered nurse Melissa Albertson said every storm threat should be taken seriously, and that means being pro-active in getting prepared. Albertson stated, "We're asking our patients to make sure that they're getting their prescriptions filled today and that they have a two week supply of food and water today, not wait until the storm comes." Albertson said even if Hanna does not come to shore as a hurricane, she could still have negative affects like loss of electricity, and phone and transportation services. She recommends having at least a two-week supply of prescription medications on-hand. Registered nurse, Michelle Bartz has specific recommendations for dialysis patients. Bartz insists patients must make sure to adhere to your diet, and to make sure you follow recommendations as far as fluid restrictions. Also, make sure you have medication refills on hand and make sure to make arrangements for transportation either to your facility for your dialysis treatments or to evacuate if the storm worsens. Bartz and Albertson want to remind everyone to have a two-week supply of non-perishable food, water and a manual can opener.
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