Emergency Preparedness: Eye Care Edition

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An emergency can strike with little or no notice. Having a plan and emergency preparedness kit ready to go can help you navigate a crisis more effectively when confronted with a disaster.

Know the types of disasters most common to your area

Emergencies can range from personal, such as house fires, to community-wide, such as tornadoes, hurricanes or floods. Learn about the disasters most likely to strike where you live, and find the best sources of alerts, early warnings and information.

Local radio, NOAA radio, and local news broadcast may be valuable resources for updated emergency information related to severe weather. The American Red Cross also offers mobile apps to help you monitor severe weather, emergency alerts, and tips to prepare for such emergencies.

Build an emergency preparedness kit

Every kit should include necessities such as food, water and first aid. Don’t forget to also include medical information, like your current eyewear prescription(s) and contact details for your doctors. Consider keeping an extra pair of glasses or a current supply of contacts in your kit too. Whether navigating damaged roads or filling out insurance paperwork, you’ll want to ensure you have the eyewear you rely on to see clearly.

Develop your plan and keep your family informed

The American Red Cross, a longtime community partner of VSP Global Eyes of Hope, has informative and easy-to-use templates that you can customize for your family. Common emergency scenarios such as what to do if you are separated, or how to let your loved ones know you are safe, are available as customizable plans on the website.

Take action to ensure you and your loved ones are ready for any situation. If disaster does strike, help is available if you’ve lost or damaged your eyewear. Visit our disaster relief page to learn more: vspglobal.com/disasteroutreach

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