DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS AND FOOD ALLERGIES

Disaster preparedness is important for everyone, but is especially important for individuals with special dietary needs due to medical conditions or those with life threatening food allergies or sensitivities.

During National Preparedness Month, those with special dietary needs, food allergies or sensitivities are encouraged to include the following in your family emergency planning:

  • Have enough food for each family member for 72 hours at a minimum to include infants.
  • Individuals with a life-threatening medical condition, medication allergies, food allergies or sensitivities are encouraged to consider investing in a medical identification such as a bracelet or necklace.
  • If evacuating or going to a shelter, bring emergency food for those with special dietary needs or food allergies.
  • Take any needed medications with you if you must evacuate, including items such as an EpiPen, along with a list of all currently prescribed medications.
  • When arriving at a shelter, alert the Shelter Manager of any special dietary needs or food allergies.
  • At congregate feeding sites, request ingredient information if you have special dietary needs or food allergies and have concerns regarding meals served.

Pre-planning can help you and your family be better prepared when a disaster strikes. For more information on disaster preparedness, go to www.msema.org.

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