Don’t Forget! A Special Evacuation Tip Sheet for Those with Cancer

If you’re someone going through cancer treatment, and ever need to evacuate your home (a strong possibility on the Gulf Coast), please remember these key things as you prepare to leave (see below for infographic):

  1.  Check your medications. If you are getting low on any, and are able to get a prescription filled in enough time before leaving, do so. Have as much supply of the medication as you can get.

  2. Pack your medications. Be sure you understand and list which drugs you need, the proper doses, how often they are administered, how long the prescription is good for, and from which pharmacy you get it. (Hint: Nationally-based pharmacies should be able to access your prescription anywhere in the country.)

  3. Pack all necessary equipment or other materials you need in order to properly treat and/or deal with your condition. For example, if you require oxygen, be sure to pack the mask, regulator, tank, etc., or if you have just had a mastectomy, be sure to pack your special post-surgical bras.

  4. Know how to access your electronic medical records. If you cannot or do not know how, pack a recent hard copy of your medical/treatment records. Be sure you have contact information on all your medical providers. Save the information on multiple hard drives.

  5. Take all of your insurance information with you.

  6. Make a list of emergency contacts and designate clearly who is your legal next of kin or who has power of attorney, should you need it. Also make sure this information can be accessed out of the affected area, such as emailing it to a family member who lives out of state.

Follow all normal proper evacuation procedures, such as making sure you have a full tank of gas as soon as you know you might be affected to taking your pets with you and following recommended evacuation routes. For a complete and helpful list of other tips, please go to:, :

For New Orleans residents, there is a Special Needs Registry (individuals with a chronic condition, disability, special healthcare need, or who may require additional assistance during an emergency, including those who use life support systems or who are insulin-dependent; have mobility disabilities; are visually or hearing impaired; have speech, cognitive, or mental health disabilities; and those who have service animals or a prosthesis. Enroll by calling 3-1-1 or go to