Post Content

 Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

By now most of us have heard about the major snowstorm headed our way Friday and into Saturday. Now's the time to get prepared. Here are some specific tips for people who receive home health or personal care services, and the people and organizations that provide those services.

If you receive regular services such as home health, personal care, or transportation services, work with these providers before the storm arrives to make sure you are prepared in case they can't reach you for up to 72 hours.

If you have medical appointments scheduled during the next 72 hours, plan now for what you'll do if you cannot make those appointments. If you need it, make sure you have enough medication, including supplemental oxygen, on hand for at least 72 hours.

Check to make sure that batteries and back-up batteries for medical equipment and assistive technology are fully charged.

If you do have to leave your home, bring medications, medical equipment, and any other support devices with you.

If you provide home-based services such as home health, oxygen, personal care, transportation, or Meals on Wheels, work with your clients to ensure they have enough medication or other supplies in case power goes out or snow prohibits travel for a period of time.

Stay informed on the latest storm developments at www.mass.gov/mema.

Written By:


health communication writer and editor

Recent Posts

Weekly Flu Report, May 22, 2015 posted on May 22

Rates of flu-like illness continued to decline during the last 7 days, as noted in the latest weekly flu report which can be viewed here.

Easy Summer Kebabs for the Whole Family! posted on May 22

Easy Summer Kebabs for the Whole Family!

By Lauren Miller, Dietetic Intern, Tufts University Summer is a chance to relax with family and friends, while having fun, sharing stories, listening to music, and enjoying food together. Warm weather and sunshine bring cookouts and mouth-watering food from the grill! Burgers, hot dogs, chicken,   …Continue Reading Easy Summer Kebabs for the Whole Family!

Sharing the Massachusetts Approach to Fighting a National Epidemic posted on May 21

Today I had the distinct pleasure of appearing before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations at a hearing entitled “What are the State Governments Doing to Combat the Opioid Abuse Epidemic?”.  It was an honor   …Continue Reading Sharing the Massachusetts Approach to Fighting a National Epidemic