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Hospitals

Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center – Open
401 Bicentennial Way
(707) 394-4000

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital – Open
1165 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa
(707) 525-5300

Petaluma Valley Hospital – Open
400 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma
(707) 778-1111

Sonoma Valley Hospital – Open
347 Andrieux St, Sonoma
(707) 935-5000

Healdsburg District Hospital – Closed

Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital – Closed

How to refill your prescription during an emergency

  1. Try to contact your prescribing medical provider to request a refill.
  2. If you are unable to contact your provider, you can refill your medication in other ways during this emergency situation:
    • Go to the pharmacy where you usually refill your medication or to a pharmacy within the same chain of pharmacies.  Your information should be available at other affiliated locations.
    • If you need to request a refill from a pharmacy that doesn’t have your medication on file, bring the medication container that shows your name and medication dose.

*In all cases, bring your identification.

Managing Health Conditions During an Emergency

Fire-Related 

To assess air quality during a wildfire, the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District recommends AirNow.gov as the most accurate source for available fine particulate matter measurements.

Sonoma County has issued a smoke health advisory as of 8:45 AM on October 25, 2019.

See the Air Quality Health Advisory for more information.

This weather event and the power shutoff may bring up emotional distress.

The following organizations offer free bilingual mental health services:

Along with emergency supplies, such as water and dried or nonperishable food, we encourage you to pre-plan on how to meet your medical needs during a power outage.

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Outage-Related

For CPAP and BIPAP users, a power outage may impact your ability to use CPAP or
BIPAP to treat your sleep apnea.

What are some options to consider in the event of a power outage?

Remember that regular usage of CPAP/BIPAP has carry over benefits for a night or
two, by increasing muscle tone in your mouth and throat. Your sleep apnea may not
be as severe on a single night without CPAP/BIPAP as it was before you started
treatment.

There are a few things you can do to reduce your sleep apnea severity if you find
yourself without CPAP/BIPAP:

  • Sleep on your side or stomach, but NOT on your back
  • Sleep semi-upright (e.g., in a recliner)
  • Do not drink alcohol
  • Do not smoke tobacco or marijuana
  • Do not use narcotic pain medicines or other sedatives

Backup power options in event of a power outage include:

  • A generator. If you have a generator, be sure to follow safety instructions and use
    only as needed to save fuel. Always allow the generator to cool completely
    before refueling.
  • A rechargeable CPAP battery. Available options can be found online, e.g. from
    https://www.CPAP.com.

*If you use CPAP, BIPAP or an oxygen concentrator for chronic respiratory failure and
not just CPAP/BIPAP for sleep apnea, planning for power outages by obtaining a
generator may be necessary. Please discuss with your Primary care provider or
Pulmonologist if you have questions about this.

If your home or business experienced a power outage, it is better to replace food than to make someone sick. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Food that has been out of temperature for more than 4 hours may cause illness.
  • Discard all spoiled food to avoid potential health risk.
  • Reheating food that has become contaminated will not make it safe.
  • Even packaged food will go bad if they’ve been stored in a hot place. Toss metal, glass or cardboard containers with screw-caps, snap-lids, crimped caps, twist caps or flip tops.
  • When in doubt, throw it out!

Find out what food you can safely keep and eat if your home loses power »

Many Sonoma County residents take medication that needs refrigeration or use home
medical devices that require electricity or batteries, including breathing machines
(respirators, ventilators), power wheelchairs and scooters and oxygen, suction or home
dialysis equipment.

Along with emergency supplies, such as water and dried or nonperishable food, we
encourage you to pre-plan on how to meet your medical needs during a power outage.
Medications that require refrigerator should be kept cold during a power outage. In the
event of a power outage:

  • A closed refrigerator will maintain a cool temperature for 2-3 hours.
  • To prepare for longer periods without power, remove the refrigerated medications
    from the refrigerator as soon as possible.
  • Place medications into an ice chest or small cooler packed with ice, cooling
    bricks or cold packs.
  • Use a thermometer to monitor medication temperatures to ensure they’re safe to
    use.
  • Avoid freezing the medication by making sure it does not directly touch the ice.

Keep hydrated. If you are unable to manage without power, seek shelter at a community cooling station.

  • Check to see which of your information sources are working (NOAA Radio,
    Internet news sites, alert and warning apps).
  • All residents are encouraged to subscribe for SoCo Alerts. SoCoAlerts will send
    messages if evacuations are ordered. If you are in a high-risk wildfire area, stay
    alert – warning devices may not work without power. Sign-up online at
    https://www.SoCoAlert.com or by phone at 707-565-1369.
  • Use your cell phone sparingly to preserve power. Text when possible, in lieu of
    voice calls. Keep family up to date about how you are doing.
  • Keep hydrated and seek out cooling centers if needed.
  • Try to keep your refrigerator doors closed. Use the most perishable items first.
  • Items which fully thaw (above 40 degrees) must be used within 4 hours or thrown
    out.
  • If you have a generator, be sure to follow safety instructions and use only as
    needed to save fuel. Always allow the generator to cool completely before
    refueling.
  • If you have relatives or friends in other areas that still have power, take this
    opportunity to visit them.
  • Check on your neighbors and help each other stay safe.
  • Keep a contact list handy of local family members, doctors and other support agencies.
  • To ask questions or request non-emergency help, contact Sonoma 2-1-1 .
  • For medical supplies, call your doctor or local hospital.
  • In a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
  • Have easy access to an updated list of medications
  • Keep at least a one-week supply of essential medications
  • Call your doctor or local hospital if you need more medication or other supplies
  • Spare pair of eyeglasses
  • Extra medical insurance cards
  • Extra batteries for hearing aids
  • Locate a generator if possible. However, it’s critical to follow safety guidelines to
    prevent toxic carbon monoxide in your home. Even if doors and windows are
    open, don’t run them inside any enclosed structure, such as a basement or
    garage, or outside near an open window.
  • Some medical devices require safe water in their use, cleaning, and
    maintenance. Use only bottled, boiled or treated (chlorine tablets, iodine tablets,
    or diluted unscented household chlorine bleach) water until your local supply is
    safe.
  • Check to be sure your power cord and device is dry before plugging it in. Do not
    plug in a power cord if the cord or the device is wet.
  • Do not reuse a medical device intended for single use.
  • When the power is restored, check to make sure the settings on your medical
    device have not changed (often medical devices reset to a default mode when
    power is interrupted).

In the event of a power outage, most of Sonoma County’s water and sewer systems are supported by back-up power. In the event of an outage that lasts 24 hours or longer, residents are encouraged to conserve water indoors and outdoors, this includes using water efficiently, eliminating outdoor watering, and remembering to turn off irrigation systems. Water Conservation Tips

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