In light of recent weather-related events, the COPD Foundation published an e-Newsletter article about emergency preparedness for oxygen users. This is something that we do not normally think about, but what if the worst really does happen and bad weather strikes?
The COPD Foundation suggests contacting your local power company to register with them as oxygen dependent. Questions to ask them should include:
*What kinds of services can be expected during a power outage?
*As a registered oxygen user, will your home receive any kind of priority service?
*Will they frequently inform you about repair progress?
*If they anticipate a long outage, will they be able to provide you with a generator?
*Ask them if they can provide you with the average frequency and length of power outage in your area, so that you can prepare accordingly.
The newsletter goes on to say that you will find that the power company’s answers to these questions will force you to conclude that you had better prepare your own back-up plan!
Step 2 is to contact your normal home oxygen provider. Ask them how much oxygen they can place in your home, in the event of an emergency, that will allow for uninterrupted oxygen flow; even a “normal” power outage or a snow storm can prove to be a life-threatening obstacle for someone on oxygen. Ice, snow and high flood waters can delay the delivery of your oxygen, but your oxygen company is obligated to keep you supplied.
Step 3 is to consider the purchase and installation of a power generator.
At American Medical Sales & Repair, we have a variety of oxygen concentrators to meet the needs of virtually every oxygen dependent patient. For patients on lower oxygen settings (less than 3 LPM Continuous Flow and less than Pulse Dose setting of 6), we have several Portable Oxygen Concentrators that run on AC (in your home), DC (in your vehicle) and, most importantly, lithium ion batteries. To help you prepare for the future and what it might bring, let the experienced sales team at American Medical assist you to find the portable device that will get you through the next storm.
Remember, at American Medical Sales & Repair, when you breathe easier, we breathe easier.