Over the past few weeks, several EIA members have dealt with emergency evacuations. The notice comes and people are rushed out of their homes, many times without a chance to collect everyday items like a toothbrush, a change of clothes or prescription medications.

We wanted to take this opportunity to make sure you know that there is still a way to get those needed prescriptions through emergency refill procedures. When the President, Governor or the Secretary of Health and Human Services declares a disaster or public emergency, your health insurance provider will ensure your access to benefits and services.

If possible, visit the pharmacy where the prescription was filled, but we understand that may not be an option. If you are able to reach your medical care provider, he or she may call in a new prescription to any network pharmacy that you are able to visit.

If you use a retail chain (for example CVS or Walgreens), you can fill your prescription at another store in that chain, they will most likely be able to pull up your prescription information in their electronic database.

Being prepared before an emergency situation occurs is the best practice, both at home and the workplace. For additional information about how to be prepared, check out our webinar - Disaster Planning 101 on EIAtv.