Walk with a Doc: Dr. Elliott Whitley discusses disaster preparedness

Published on Thursday, 28 September 2017 10:24 - Written by

Dr. Elliott Whitley, an emergency medicine doctor with Christus Trinity Mother Frances, leads the Oct. 5 Walk with a Doc. 

He will discuss disaster preparedness. 

Walk With a Doc, a project of the Smith County Medical Society, begins with registration at 5:45 p.m. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. at the Copeland Road trailhead, followed by walking.

Q. What essentials should an individual/family have on hand in advance of a natural disaster?

A. Everyday goods, especially plenty of water, food not requiring refrigeration and food for pets.

Q. For those with chronic medical problems, what additional preparations should be made?

A. Make arrangements with your doctor. If you are on dialysis, you may need alternative plans if prolonged things like blocked streets will be a problem. Also, have refills or "emergency supplies" (pharmacies will help) of other appropriate medications.

Q. As an emergency room physician, what are common problems you see that could have been avoided by evacuees/disaster victims if they had been better prepared?

A. I will go over this in person. I have a kit that is a car escape device if your car becomes submerged.