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New Disaster Preparedness Materials Available to Assist Individuals with Chronic Disease

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Newly developed disaster preparedness materials are now available to assist individuals and their caregivers with chronic disease to prepare for disasters and emergencies, according to the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH).

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"With the high rate of Kentuckians suffering from chronic disease, we need to ensure that our residents living with chronic diseases such as hypertension, heart disease and diabetes have the ability to manage their conditions when disasters strike and services may not be available," said William Hacker, M.D., commissioner of public health. "These new disaster preparedness materials will assist our citizens who suffer from these conditions to take the necessary steps to prepare for disasters and emergencies."

The disaster preparedness materials consist of a patient resource manual, a participant training manual and a kit that includes an instructor's guide, a participant training manual, patient resource manuals for conducting classes in local communities and a new Web site chronicdiseasepreparedness.org . The informative materials highlight the needs of people with chronic diseases during disasters, educating individuals with chronic disease on planning for disasters, instruction on developing emergency contact information to include personal medical information and action checklists, and helpful links.

The publications and Web site were developed by the University of Louisville Hospital through a DPH grant, supported by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.