Walgreens on Friday mobilized ahead of Tropical Storm Barry making landfall, making preparations to support any impacted regions in its aftermath.
Among the retailer’s efforts was emphasizing prescription drug preparedness, urging patients to store their current medications in a waterproof bag, including empty prescriptions, as the label information can help pharmacy staff with refill requests. The company also proactively staged mobile pharmacies near the region that it can deploy if necessary to stores that may be damaged or unable to open in a timely manner.
Walgreens highlighted the store locator feature of its website and mobile app, noting htat patients can use it to see the store status of nearby locations. It also said it would be evaluating its philanthropic response to the storm in its aftermath, including preparing to donate needed items to area emergency shelters.
“Walgreens is fully mobilizing to support the health and wellness needs of our customers and communities that may be impacted by this storm. We urge our patients and customers to ensure they are in a safe location first and then refill medications at the nearest pharmacy. Walgreens has approximately 9,500 locations nationwide that are able to access patient’s records,” said Lisa Badgley, senior vice president of pharmacy and retail operations at Walgreens. “We have a dedicated team in our Emergency Operations Center working to ensure our team members in the impacted areas remain safe. In the event we need to temporarily close stores, we are prepared to rapidly restore operations in order to best serve our patients and communities.”