"Over 1.6 million Medicare Fee-For-Service beneficiaries rely upon electricity-dependent medical and assistive equipment, such as ventilators and wheel chairs, in our communities. Severe weather and disasters that cause power outages can be life threatening for these individuals. How can we empower community and electricity-dependent Medicare beneficiary health resilience? Every hospital, first responder, electric company, and community member can use the map to find the monthly total of Medicare beneficiaries with electricity-dependent equipment claims at the U.S. state, territory, county, and zip code level and turn on real-time NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] severe weather tracking services to identify areas and populations that may be impacted and at risk for power outages. Together, we can all better anticipate potential access and functional needs, emergency plan for the whole community, and assist our at-risk community members before, during, and after an emergency."
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Public Health Emergency: http://www.phe.gov/