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October 27, 2019 4:12 PM

Information for Refrigerated Medications

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
  • Avoid freezing the medication by making sure it does not directly touch the ice.