September is disaster preparedness month. Part of our job at Hospice of the Panhandle is to help our patients and their families prepare for the unexpected since disaster can affect them more severely than most. We help our patients prepare for weather events by making sure that they have the medications, medical supplies and support they need to last a few days until we can see them again.

One tool that we use to help our patients prepare for disaster is a disaster plan. It is a written plan that consolidates important information a household would need if they had to leave suddenly. Because we work with people with serious illnesses, this plan also includes an area to record what that person's needs might be. You can download and print a copy of this plan by clicking here:  Disaster Preparedness Plan.