Inspired Health Strategies, LLC is based in Newark, NJ. We are so grateful that our power was restored late Saturday night – darn it, though, we missed Saturday night Live! So many residents of New Jersey, NY, and Connecticut are still without power. We are on line for gas, a shortage created by the lack of electricity to run pumps and barges that just could not get into storm ravaged ports. We have had to dump no longer good food, search for clean water, stay warm as it gets colder. We can’t even move around the area with no gas, few trains, few buses, and on and on and on…Then, there are additional issues for those of us who are patients..
How to keep your oxygen going without power?
How to get the drug refill when there is no mail delivery or if one had to relocate? We are still trying to find resources for you here.
How to simply manage the stress and manage your health.
From the CDC:
- Avoid unsafe food. Food in the fridge stays cold and safe to eat for only about 4 to 6 hours without power. Food in the freezer is okay for 24 to 48 hours. After that, don’t risk it. “If in doubt throw it out”. As of November 2, 2012 power outages have lasted 4 days, well beyond the CDC recommendations.
- Protect yourself. Wear boots, gloves and goggles if you need to wade through flooded areas. Try to avoid having the flood water contact your skin. If it does, wash with soap and clean water as soon as possible.
- Boil tap water at least a minute if you think water supplies might be contaminated.
- Get rid of soaked items and use dehumidifiers to keep mold from spreading n damp homes once the water has receded.
Below is a list that will continue to grow as long as we find new resources. This is about maintaining both our mental and physical health in spite of the challenges we are facing day-to-day.
New! 11/12/12 – Red Cross Shelter map, locate one near you – http://app.redcross.org/nss-app/
NYC is providing warming centers – http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/warming_ctr.html
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), County of Union and the State of New Jersey are opening a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). The DRC in Springfield is to support residents of Union County who suffered damage from the Megastorm Sandy. Any survivor from the 21 counties in New Jersey can visit this DRC.
Disaster recovery specialists from various local, state and federal agencies will be at the center to assist individuals and answer questions regarding disaster assistance.
The DRC will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Address information for the Sprinfield DRC:
Chisholm School Community Center
100 S. Springfield Avenue
Springfield, NJ 07081
Individuals should begin the disaster application process by calling the toll-free registration numbers: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. until further notice. Individuals with Internet access now have the option to register on the agency’s website at http://www.fema.gov, where other valuable recovery information is also available.
Northeast Hess gas station HOURLY updates – check this link often for updates to Hess station inventory and open/closed status – http://hessexpress.com/FuelInformation
NY State site updating pharmacies open, updated daily – http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/weather/hurricane/open_pharmacies.htm
FEMA disaster recovery centers. This site will update locations as they are developed – google.org/crisismap/2012-sandy
File for disaster relief – www.disasterassistance.gov or by phone 800-621-3362
Disaster relief by state – http://www.nvoad.org/states
Advice on taking care of chronically ill children in a disaster from Boston Children’s Hospital – http://childrenshospitalblog.org/weathering-the-storm-with-children-who-have-chronic-illnesses/?utm_content=sf6877564&utm_medium=spredfast&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=Social+admin&sf6877564=1
How to manage stress – http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/31/health/stress-disaster/index.html
Red Cross – www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS
Meds can be replaced through insurance, this is an article summarizing instructions for Maryland,. we will continue to research specific instructions for NY, NJ, CT. The same instructions will apply to these states but would refer to different contact information – http://www.wbaltv.com/weather/Experts-Insurance-can-pay-for-replaced-medications-tree-removal/-/9380898/15428038/-/43193w/-/index.html