Preparing for Storms and Hurricanes
Information for Mobile & Baldwin County Pregnant Women and Families with Newborns
If you are pregnant or have just had your baby, it is important to speak with your doctor about what to do during an emergency. Here's how to keep your unborn and newborn safe.
- Develop an emergency plan for your family.
- Seek your doctor's advice in developing your plan if you are late in pregnancy or have any complications.
- Plan to stay with family, friends or a motel in a safe location further inland.
- If you have no other place to go, talk with your doctor about recommended safe places.
- Make a list of emergency health information for you and your family, and get a copy of your prenatal records and your child's shot record after each doctor visit.
- Tell your doctor and someone outside of the storm area where you and your family will be during a disaster.
- Be familiar with your insurance company's regulations regarding prior authorization or prior approval, etc.
Special needs shelters provide a safe environment with supportive medical care.
If you are more than 35 weeks pregnant, have a High Risk pregnancy or have recently delivered, speak with your doctor to find out if you need to go to a special needs shelter in a disaster.
Stay tuned to local radio and TV stations for information about OB and new mom special needs shelters. This shelter should only be used as a "last resort."
If you do not have transportation, tune to local radio and TV stations for information on getting to the shelter. Or, call (251) 460-8000 if living in Mobile County or (251) 990-4605 if living in Baldwin County for further instructions.
For updated information on shelters opening in your area and other important public service announcements, tune in to local AM and FM radio stations or TV stations. Or, visit the State Health Department website, www.adph.org.
Pack a Disaster Response Kit
- Food (mother's milk is the best food for baby at this time), newborn formula, bottled water and clothing for 72 hours
- Cash and credit cards
- Diapers (estimate 10 per day), pacifiers, baby bottles, breast pump and supplies
- Baby carrier or bassinette, baby clothes, other infant care items
- Hand sanitizer
- Rectal thermometer and lubricant
- Bedding material for cots (i.e. pillow, blanket, sheets)
- All medications, including non-aspirin liquid pain reliever, and medical supplies
- Contact lists for relatives and doctors
- A copy of your prenatal records, your child's shot records and your insurance card(s)
- If you are pregnant, take your disaster response kit
If you deliver at the shelter, you will need supplies for:
Cutting the Umbilical Cord:
- White shoelaces or cord clamps
- Sharp, clean scissors or unused razor blade
- Alcohol wipes
After the Birth:
- Clean towels
- Waterproof pads
- Medium-sized bowl (for collecting the placenta)
- Disposable gloves
- Breast pump and supplies
- Newborn cap
- Case of diapers
- Hot water bottle (for warmth)
- Suction bulb
- Receiving blankets
- Cold packs
- Sanitary pads
- Remember: Mother's milk is the best food for babies in an emergency!
If you choose to go to a shelter, you should know that there is:
- No smoking
- No weapons
- No alcohol
- No illicit drugs
Numbers to Know
Alabama Power Company: 1-800-245-2244
Mobile County Emergency Management Agency: (251) 460-8000
Mobile Area Water & Sewer Service: (251) 694-3165
Mobile County Water Department: (251) 653-7346
South Alabama Utilities: (251) 866-2365
Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency: (251) 990-4605
Baldwin EMC: 1-800-837-3374
Daphne Utilities: (251) 626-2628
Fairhope Utilities: (251) 990-0139
Riviera Utilities: (251) 626-5000 (Daphne); (251) 943-5001 (Foley)