Gov. Ivey updates Hurricane Ida response aimed at helping evacuees

Ivey also authorized Alabama National Guard MPs to deploy to Louisiana.
Damage left by Hurricane Ida in Louisiana
Published: Sep. 2, 2021 at 10:16 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 2, 2021 at 3:34 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Governor Ivey has issued a supplemental state of emergency to the current state of emergency in place for Ida. There are currently Ida evacuees in Alabama, and Governor Ivey said we need to do everything in our power to aid in their recovery.

The supplemental proclamation is geared at enabling Ida evacuees to more easily obtain emergency prescription refills.

Governor Ivey issued the following statement:

“We currently have Ida evacuees staying in Alabama, and I want to ensure that our state is doing our part to bring any possible relief to them. Following a tough storm, obtaining prescription refills can be problematic, and this supplemental state of emergency will enable these evacuees to safely and more easily get those refills. We will do all we can to help our friends in Louisiana and Mississippi get back on their feet, and I want to assure them that they are more than welcome to contact this office for assistance.” – Governor Kay Ivey

Governor Ivey also authorized the Alabama National Guard to deploy approximately 150 military police to Louisiana.

“The good men and women of the Alabama National Guard always stand ready to assist their fellow Alabamians and our country, when needed. Hurricane Ida took a significant toll on our neighbors to the west, particularly in Louisiana, which is where our folks are being requested to help. Alabama continues to offer any relief we can provide.” – Governor Kay Ivey

Here is a summary of the proclamation:

  • Under current law, when an Alabama pharmacist cannot readily obtain formal refill authorization, he or she may give the patient an “emergency” refill of up to a 72-hour supply of the medication. Under today’s proclamation, that 72-hour limit is extended, allowing the pharmacist to dispense a 30-day emergency supply of the medicine.
  • The proclamation retains existing safeguards to prevent abuse. For example:
  • Schedule II drugs (such as oxycodone and fentanyl) may not be prescribed on an emergency basis.
  • The medicine must be essential to maintain life or to continue therapy for a chronic condition.
  • The dispensing pharmacist must obtain some reasonable verification of the original prescription, such as a pill bottle.
  • The dispensing pharmacist must document the emergency refill.
  • Individuals needing emergency drug refills not covered by this proclamation will need to obtain a new prescription.

Here is the full proclamation:

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