WOONSOCKET, R.I. — As tropical storm Isaac barrels down on the Gulf Coast area, CVS/pharmacy has announced that, while complying with any mandatory evacuation order given by local officials, it is keeping its stores in affected areas open for as long as possible and stocking them with such storm preparedness items as water, batteries, flashlights and other products to help in an emergency.
Any stores that close because of the storm will reopen as soon as safely possible, the company said. CVS/pharmacy is also preparing to assist with storm recovery efforts in its communities and is keeping in close contact with the American Red Cross to offer support in affected areas as needed once the storm passes.
Customers can access their prescription information at the pharmacy section of CVS.com, with such resources as My Pharmacy, where patients can view all of their prescriptions and manage refills, and a Drug Information Center, where they can ensure medications can be taken together and view descriptive images of each prescribed pill. Prescription management services also are available at CVS/pharmacy's mobile website, m.cvs.com, and through CVS/pharmacy's iPhone and Android mobile apps.
When preparing for a hurricane or other serious weather event, CVS/pharmacy has offered customers the following tips:
Create a plan for evacuating and finding a safe destination;
Keep a written record of your current prescriptions with you at all times, or create an online record at CVS.com. This is especially important if you take multiple prescriptions;
In the event of an emergency when you are away from home, find a pharmacy nearby to fill necessary prescriptions. CVS/pharmacy can fill its customers' prescriptions at any of its 7,300 locations nationwide; and
Create an emergency kit and make sure you have all essentials in case of power outages, including bottled water, masking tape and batteries.