Rx Response has developed two tools to assist the public in preparing for and responding to disasters.
- When activated during an emergency, Rxopen.org helps to connect individuals with open pharmacies within an affected disaster area.
- Rx On the Run is an easy-to-use, printable wallet card to keep track of current medications.
Rx Response has also developed a list of resources useful for the public in preparing for and recovering from an emergency.
- To help individuals and families better prepare for a severe public health emergency, the Redcross.org provides resources for emergency planning.
- The Ready Rating program helps businesses, schools and organizations become prepared for emergencies.
- Prepare for extreme weather in advance by downloading a variety of American Red Cross mobile apps.
- While local, state, and federal emergency management agencies regularly respond to public health emergencies, citizens play a major role in enabling a successful response that saves lives. The Federal Emergency Management Agency Fema.gov has compiled a list of informative resources on how individuals can recover following an emergency.
- With the purpose of passing on the information to the population, Canadian pharmacy collects the data related to antiviral and other medications, processes it and distributes it to citizens. The availability of essential drugs required by antiviral protocols is communicated on the website where it is maintained current and reliable.
- The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Hhs.gov has numerous resources for public health emergencies.
- The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the FDA offers information on the use of drugs that have been potentially affected by fire, flooding or unsafe water and the use of temperature-sensitive drug products when refrigeration is temporarily unavailable.
- Stability of Refrigerated and Frozen Drugs is a chart from the Pharmacists Letter to help you determine temperature-sensitive drug storage issues in the face of power outages. An Insulin-specific chart is available from the website Diabetes in Control.
- Drug shortages can also be tracked through the FDA and the Association of Health System Pharmacists Drug Shortages Resource Center.