Tips and tricks for how to be prepared
Have a list of all of your medications:
In a serious emergency, there’s a high chance that someone other than your regular doctor will be taking care of your medical needs. Make sure these professionals have the tools they need to give you the best possible care.
To download your own medical plan, click here
Why you need at least 3 months supply of your medication
Cancer and Natural Disasters

What if I can’t get to my treatment hospital?

If you need to attend another hospital because you are staying somewhere different to your usual treatment centre, you must tell the staff in emergency about your cancer, who your treatment team or hospital are, and when you last had contact with them. This will help them to give you the best care and also assist them to make contact with your treatment team on your behalf.

If you cannot access an emergency department you should try to contact your treatment team or hospital directly and they will
make suitable arrangements for transporting you to a treating area. Some regional areas provide telephone support for patients who cannot reach their usual treatment centre.

What should I do if my treatment plans have changed?

If you have your medications with you and know how to take them, keep taking them. If you need medication, are nearly out of medication, or are unsure how to take it, you will need to talk to a health care professional who is familiar with your treatment.

Always try to contact your cancer treatment team or hospital first before asking someone new.

Contact details should have been provided with the information kit you received on your first visit to your treatment hospital.

Living conditions and hygiene

If you are taking medication for cancer, you need to be careful to protect yourself from disease and infections. Some kinds of cancer and some treatments for cancer can weaken your immune system and make it very easy for you to acquire an infection.

If you are currently undergoing cancer treatment or weakened by your previous treatment, avoid exposure to contaminated sites and the cleanup of buildings and areas affected by the natural disaster.

Patients and recent patients should avoid returning to buildings affected by floods or cyclones and absolutely avoid coming into contact with mud and mould after a flood event.

3 things cancer patientssupply can do to prepare for a natural disaster
My medical kit when travelling
Maintain a high level of hygiene. The last thing you would want if you were confined at home, is for yourself or a family member to become ill.
First Aid Kits
A first aid kit is a standard item to have when preparing for any type of emergency. It is a kit that’s stocked with medical supplies such as antibiotic ointments, antiseptic wipes, aspirin, anti-itch creams, and thermometers.
Emergency bag
In the event that you have to leave your home, keep a bag packed at all times that contains:
For tips on emergency kits click here
Electrically powered medical equipment
For all medical equipment requiring electrical power — beds, breathing equipment or infusion pumps — check with your medical supply company and get information regarding a back-up power source such as a battery or generator.
Oxygen and breathing

If you use oxygen, have an emergency supply (enough for at least a two-week period).

Intravenous (IV) and feeding tube equipment
Know if your infusion pump has battery back-up, and how long it would last in an emergency.
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Take a phone charger to hospital
Don’t walk barefoot at hotels