FEMA Accessible: CDC Preventing Asthma Attacks During an Emergency

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , /

Hi, my name is Alex Bruner. I am from FEMA, a close partner with
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also known as the CDC. This collaborated video will help those with
asthma breathe better during an emergency. If you have asthma, you know how it feels
when you start wheezing or are out of breath, when your chest starts to tighten up and hurts,
or when you start coughing. You have medicine you can take
to help ease your asthma attacks. But did you know that after a disaster,
you can be more at risk for having an asthma attack? It is important to remember that
during and after a disaster, your power and water supply may be cut off
and you may not be able to travel due to damage to your car
or the roads being blocked or flooded. These safety tips should help you prepare yourself
or your loved ones before a disaster hits. First, make sure that you have at least a
3-day supply of your asthma medication and copies of your medical records
(such as your insurance cards, immunization records, prescriptions, and your asthma action plan
if you have one) in waterproof containers. People with asthma should try
stay out of buildings with mold growth. If you must enter a building with mold damage,
prepare yourself ahead of time by gathering equipment that you will need to help protect
you from exposure to mold after a disaster. This equipment includes NIOSH-approved N95
respirator masks to cover your nose and mouth, goggles, rubber gloves,
and protective waterproof boots. It is good to know what possible triggers there are
after a disaster that could cause an asthma attack. Some examples of these triggers could be stress
or strong emotions during and after a disaster, mold, strong odors, air pollution,
being sick with a cold or the flu which can happen from not keeping
your hands clean from germs, and many of the other common
asthma attack triggers you know to avoid. To make sure you are prepared,
please visit the CDC website at cdc.gov/asthma to see more information about
how to prevent asthma attacks or who to contact during and after
a disaster to get asthma medication.

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