Hurricane Preparedness for ConsumersAs you prepare for hurricane season, you need to make plans for your medical needs, including your medications.

Step 1:  Get ready

  • Keep your prescriptions up-to-date.
  • Ask your doctor to give you a copy of helpful medical information—keep this with you.
  • Refill your prescriptions a few days before a storm; do not wait until the last minute!

Step 2:  Evacuate when instructed and take:

  • All of your medicines in their original bottles
  • A back up list of all medications you take and their dosages
  • Helpful medical information
  • Your clinic’s name, your doctor’s name and phone number
  • Your most recent hospital card, ADAP (medication card), insurance cards, etc.
  • Picture identification, Social Security card and any important legal papers
  • Medical equipment and supplies (dentures, glucometers & strips, nebulizers, crutches, prostheses, etc.)
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Water, non-perishable food and cash
  • This piece of paper with all important tips and numbers on the back

Step 3:  Medication, Medication, Medication

  • Make sure you bring all medications with you
  •  If your HIV medications are running out, do not skip doses to stretch them out.  Get refills as soon as possible!
  •  If you run out of one of your HIV medications – stop all of your HIV medications until you get refills.
  • Do not stop other medications that you may be taking to treat eye or lung infections, to lower blood pressure or cholesterol or to control your diabetes.  If you are running out of these medications take your medicine bottles and/or medication list to a local provider or pharmacy to get refills.  If you pick up your HIV medications at an LSU Health Science Centers (charity hospital), you are most likely on ADAP and can call 504-568-5489 or the Louisiana Hotline 1-800-992-4379, if you need assistance.  In the event of a mandatory evacuation, you can access your medications through ADAP at any of the hospitals listed below.
  • If you evacuation to a location within Louisiana you can receive additional assistance at any of the Ryan White case management agencies listed below.  If evacuating to another state you should contact the local statewide HIV or STD Hotline.  This number can be found in the phonebook or by calling information at 4-1-1.  For a free call to information dial 1-800-GOOG-411 or 1-800-free-411. 

For contact information on the LSU Health Science Centers HIV Clinics and Pharmacies as well as Ryan White Part B Case Management Agencies please click here.


If you see a doctor at an LSU Health Science Center (charity hospital) and need help getting treatment or another doctor needs additional medical information concerning your care, call the toll-free LSU Patient Relations Line at 1-888-652-7699.