Healdsburg District Hospital – Closed
Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital – Closed
How to refill your prescription during an emergency
- Try to contact your prescribing medical provider to request a refill.
- 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
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:
- HOPE Sonoma:
- Call (707) 291-3788
- Wildfire Mental Health Collaborative:
- Rebuilding Our Community (ROC) Sonoma County:
- Catholic Charities Disaster Case Management:
- Call (866) 542-5480
- Santa Rosa City Schools’ Integrated Wellness Center:
- Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative:
- Wellness and Advocacy Center Peer-to-Peer Mental Health Support:
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Helpline:
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.
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
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
- A rechargeable CPAP battery. Available options can be found online, e.g. from
*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!
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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Notify authorities of your needs before an emergency: Call non-emergency lines
of local police and fire departments, ambulance services and/or paramedics.
- You may wish to sign up for PG&E’s Medical Baseline Program (online
https://www.pge.com), which offers extra notifications in advance of planned power shut
- Inventory medical devices that rely on electricity. Read your user instructions or
call your distributor or device manufacturer to find out if your device can be used
with batteries or a generator.
- Stock extra back-up batteries for each device.
- Have a week’s worth of supplies for use and cleaning of devices.
- See the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) publication, which includes a form
to help you collect information needed in an emergency:
- The FDA also offers tips in English and Spanish for use of medical devices
during disasters: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/emergency-situations-medical-devices/fda-offers-tips-about-medical-devices-and-hurricane-disasters
- See these two other resources about the use of home medical devices:
https://adata.org/factsheet/emergency-power and https://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/power-outage
- 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
- 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