The aurora reflects in the Clearwater River. The small patch of artificial light is from the new Clearwater Lodge. Photo Courtesy StevenMileyPhotography.com
Archives for March 2017
Cross Road Health Ministries is pleased to announce the opening of the Interior Alaska Pharmacy on March 13. The new pharmacy is located at 2730 Alaska Highway in the Interior Alaska Medical Clinic. Dr. Lonnie Owens Pharm D, the new pharmacist has been working with us for a few months getting things ready and we’d love for you to come and meet him. A grand opening celebration is being planned in a few weeks when the weather is nicer (tentatively planned for April 8).
The pharmacy has been talked about by Cross Road for a couple years since we were invited to help meet health care needs in the area. The pharmacy was the first thing Cross Road had hoped to open while waiting on a possible clinic grant. Cross Road had to quickly change priorities when the clinic grant was received after the typical grant cycle had ended. After two years and with the Interior Alaska Medical Clinic stabilizing financially, it seems to be feasible at this time to move forward with the pharmacy.
The Interior Alaska Pharmacy is a full service retail pharmacy. Prescriptions from other providers and clinics may be filled here. Another service available to qualifying patients of Interior Alaska Medical Clinic is 340B special pricing. Talk with Dr. Lonnie to see if you qualify!
Over the last 3 years, the Interior Alaska Hospital Foundation has held numerous fundraisers for the pharmacy. We thank those who donated to that group as they were able to use the money raised to purchase shelving for the pharmacy. Checks made out directly to Cross Road were also used to help pay for start-up supplies. We appreciate those who have made an effort to help us get this pharmacy running for the community. As a not-for-profit organization, needs always overwhelm our funds. We appreciate those who have helped make this pharmacy possible!
It takes quite a while to get all the paperwork back from the state and companies, but the pharmacy is currently able to accept Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare, and many other insurances. The pharmacy is starting with a supply of more common medications. If you need something that isn’t in stock, medications can generally be ordered within 48 hours. Please talk to Dr. Lonnie if there are medications that you need regularly or if you have an insurance carrier that is not covered at this point. We want to do our best to help this pharmacy meet the needs of the community! Pharmacy hours will be Monday to Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm. If you have questions about the pharmacy, call Dr. Lonnie at the pharmacy at 895-6244.
Photo Courtesy Scott Skaleski
Last week I began a list of Disaster Prep tips that are quick little things we can do, but can have a huge impact in case of disaster. Thorough, comprehensive disaster preparedness can take significant amounts of time, but these tips will save you a ton of grief when the time comes. If you missed the first installment, you may either check last week’s column or visit my blog in a couple of weeks.
Tip #13 Make a list of all prescription medications, including dosages. Keep the list in your wallet or purse and a copy in your emergency kit.
Tip #14 Take digital photos of every room in your house. Make a video if you have the capability and spend five minutes in every room. This will facilitate any after the fact insurance claims.
Tip # 15 Write down your insurance policy numbers and your agent’s phone number. Also place them in your wallet or purse and a copy in your emergency kit.
Tip #16 Add $1.00 per week ($5.00 if you can afford it) to your emergency cash fund. Remember ATMS and credit card systems will be useless if the power grid goes down.
Tip #17 Make digital copies of your important documents and store them on a flash drive.
Tip #18 Make a backup copy of the data on your hard drive and store at a friend’s house or a safe deposit box.
Tip #19 Locate a source of water outside your home such as a lake, pond or stream
Tip #20 Learn to cook a pot of rice.
Tip #21 Download free prepping, survival and homesteading e-books from Amazon as they become available. Check the Backdoor Survival facebook page for almost daily announcements of books that are currently available–often for just a day or two.
Tip #22 Call (800-480-2520) or email FEMA (email@example.com) to order a free copy of their excellent book “Are You Ready Guide to Preparedness”.
Tip #23 Practice starting a fire using dryer lint or a cotton ball tinged with petroleum jelly using a flint and steel.
Tip #24 Sow some seeds, fruits and veggies, that is.
There you go. Two dozen, five-minute ideas that will get you started on your disaster preparedness plan. None of these ideas will break your bank, nor do they require a high skill level in the art of disaster preparedness. Good luck. As always send your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Previous columns are available on my blog at www.disasterprepdave.blogspot.com. Dave Robinson is the Postmaster in Bandon, Oregon, and the author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us,” available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and other online booksellers.