If you believe you’re experiencing a medical or psychiatric emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.
It’s important to take precautions to stay healthy if you or your family are in an area being impacted by the current fires — especially those with respiratory conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. We recommend that you:
- Stay indoors and keep your windows closed when you can.
- Use “controller” steroid inhalers (like QVAR) as prescribed.
- Use “quick relief” inhalers to help with shortness of breath.
- If you have oxygen, use it if you have difficulty breathing.
- Turn on your air conditioner to see if it helps, especially if it’s central air. If you have a window A/C unit, make sure the filter is clean.
- Use fans in each room to help move the air in your house.
Visit the US Food & Drug Administration for everything related to medicines affected by fire, flooding, unsafe water, or power outages.
Partnership HealthPlan of California's emergency resource page for Medi-Cal members can be found at http://www.partnershiphp.org/About/Pages/Emergency-Resources.aspx or members may call (707) 784 800-863-4155
When we experience a disaster, people react with increased anxiety, worry and anger. With community and family support, most of us bounce back. Some of us, however, may need extra assistance to cope with unfolding events and uncertainties. Everyone, even the people that others look up to for guidance and assistance, is entitled to their feelings and deserves support throughout the recovery process.