During the disaster and immediately afterwards, the need for medication is a priority. Stocks and supplies of medicines and medical equipment can quickly run low and it is important to stockpile sufficient and relevant medicines and equipment, and review them regularly as some will run out of date.
In addition to general emergency medical kits, it is important to include medication for chronic diseases and other health conditions that requires continuous medication to avoid worsening of people’s health condition and to avoid secondary complications.
While not exhaustive, these are the medication which should be stockpiled. Each context and community will determine further necessary medication:
Medications for chronic health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney conditions (dialysis), HIV and Aids, mental health conditions, neuropsychiatric conditions such as Alzheimers, Parkinson, and others.
Medical equipment such as catheters and basic hygiene kits for people who have incontinence conditions.
Oral rehydration salt and water purifying tablets.
Sanitary napkins and hygiene kits.