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FALLS CHURCH, Va. As Hurricane Sandy moves toward the East Coast, TRICARE urges beneficiaries in the U.S. southeast region to be preparedand watch the weather.

Beneficiaries living in the path of a tropical storm or hurricane should always prepare for rain, strong winds, possible flooding and evacuations. In the case of evacuations, the TRICARE pharmacy program may authorize early refills for prescriptions ensuring beneficiaries don’t run out of needed medications during a crisis.

The TRICARE disaster information page is updated with TRICARE announcements related to hurricanes, storms and other natural disasters. For the latest information click on the hurricane and tropical storm tab. Handy lists of what military families may need to access health care, such as uniformed services ID cards, records, and prescription bottles are also located on the page. Contact numbers for health care support can be found at

Beneficiaries should follow any mandatory or voluntary state evacuation orders. Information and tips on disaster preparedness can be found at the Department of Homeland Security web page at The National Hurricane Center offers the latest news at