DALLAS, August 30, 2021 — With Hurricane Ida’s aftermath still impacting Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and other states in the coming days, the American Heart Association recognizes that safety is of foremost importance, however, there are health concerns that those dealing with the storm shouldn’t ignore.

During and after a storm, stress and trauma may intensify, which can lead to an increase in cardiovascular disease risk. The impact can be more intense for heart disease and stroke patients. In the aftermath of a significant storm, it may be challenging to see a health care provider for a checkup or to get medications, especially for more vulnerable populations.

The American Heart Association, the leading global volunteer organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke for all, has a Disaster Resources page on its website, which includes a wide range of information.

In addition, here are some quick tips:

  • Write down any medical conditions, allergies, medications, doses and time you take medications, along with your pharmacy name, address and phone number.
  • Put your medications and your health information in a resealable plastic bag to help keep it dry.
  • If your medication is lost, damaged by water or was left behind when you evacuated, research open pharmacies (currently activated for LA, MS, AL) and seek a refill as quickly as possible.
  • If you use a larger drug store or pharmacy chain, you may be able to arrange to have them filled in a different location (city/state) for pick up when ready.
  • Some states allow pharmacists to make medically necessary exceptions on certain types of prescription refills during an emergency.
  • If you have diabetes and use insulin, see the Patient Preparedness Plan (PDF). There you’ll find a checklist of supplies and for guidelines on handling your condition during a weather emergency.

The Association encourages cardiovascular disease survivors and their loved ones to join our free online Support Network to share stories and find resources to help on their journey to recovery.


About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.   

For Media Inquiries: 214-706-1173 or ahacommunications@heart.org

For Public Inquiries: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721)

heart.org and strokeassociation.org