Thousands of Missourians are utilizing oxygen across the state either in their homes, in hospitals or in nursing homes. Without this life sustaining support during emergencies, these individuals will be forced to make very difficult decisions about their survival. The likelihood that some of these individuals will experience an emergency such as a fire, flood, tornado, or power outage is great; but taking action to prepare now will help alleviate stress during emergencies. In an emergency situation, detailed preparation is key.

Missourians on oxygen need to be prepared for any type of emergency. Ready in 3 outlines steps you can take now to prepare.

The Family Safety Guide provides comprehensive information on the three steps in preparing in advance of any emergency. The guide is available in print in English, Spanish, Bosnian and Braille and electronically in Romanian pdf icon and Russian. Order your Family Safety Guide here!

Some of the things individuals on oxygen can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an emergency supply kit and developing an emergency plan, are the same for any emergency. In addition to gathering basic emergency supplies and making plans, Missourians using oxygen need to take steps now to collect vital information about their oxygen needs and make plans for alternate supplies instead of waiting until an emergency arises. The emergency plan and kit checklist is available in English, Spanish and Bosnian pdf icon for individuals on oxygen outlines the information that is necessary as plans are being put into place for emergency situations of all kinds.

A video that acts as a step-by-step guide to preparing for emergencies is also available.