Because of the threat of Typhoon Cimaron, which just passed through the CNMI, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. has issued these guidelines in preparation for future weather disturbances.
CHCC advises the following high-risk groups to consider the health advisories:
-Pregnant women who are experiencing preterm labor or pregnant women in their 32 weeks gestational period.
Storms have been known to make pregnant women give birth earlier than their expected due date. CHCC encourages all women with a gestational age of 32 weeks and above to report once Typhoon Condition 2 is announced. Those who are experiencing early labor are encouraged to go to the Commonwealth Health Center immediately.
If you plan to come to CHC, make sure to bring your identification information, a pillow, blanket, extra clothing, and other essential supplies including food and hydration.
-Individuals who are on medical equipment requiring electricity (e.g. oxygen generators).
Individuals who are on medical equipment requiring electricity should report to CHCC if they do not have a generator at home. Islandwide residential electricity should be expected to be turned off if storm conditions worsen.
Do not report to the shelters if you have any of these conditions and report to CHCC.
-Individuals on prescription medications and in need of medical supplies.
Individuals should make sure their prescription medications and medical supplies can last them for at least three days. This is especially important for patients with diabetes, hypertension, or uncontrolled asthma.
Contact the CHCC nursing supervisor on duty at 234-8950 for more instructions.
Tune in to local radio stations, KSPN news, the channel 14 weather station, and/or the Emergency Management Office’s advisories for more information at 237-8000. (CHCC)