NCPA Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

The NCPA Foundation Disaster Relief Fund was established to provide financial assistance to community pharmacy owners for the repair of their pharmacies in the event of disaster, accidents, illness, or other adverse circumstances.

Assistance is available to NCPA member and nonmember independent pharmacies through a grant from the Cencora Impact Foundation. Applicants may also be eligible for additional funds through NCPA Foundation supplemental grants. 

If you are interested in a disaster relief grant, please apply here.

Since 2005, the NCPA Foundation has provided over $220,000 in disaster aid. If you would like to contribute to the Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund click the Donate Now button above. 

For additional information, check out the Disaster Preparedness Checklist.

Please contact the NCPA Foundation at ncpaf@ncpa.org or 703-683-8200 for more information.

Are you prepared for disasters?

  • Visit www.ready.gov/business to help you prepare for the most likely disasters with toolkits.
  • Consider investing in a backup generator in case of power loss or bring cold items to a place that has a generator.
  • Establish procedures to communicate with staff to be sure all are safe and accounted for after a disaster.
  • Be sure patient records and personal health information are stored and backed up in a secure cloud-based system.
  • If the pharmacy is damaged, have back-up plans in place to operate off-site, such as a trailer or curbside service.
  • Work with your technology vendor to secure internet, printer, and fax capabilities. Know how to forward phone calls.
  • Contact and communicate with your insurance company, wholesaler, state board of pharmacy, buying group, DEA (for controlled substances), local or state emergency management, and any other relevant organizations. The sooner the better.
  • Be constantly alert and continuously check weather forecasts to help determine action plans.
  • If you have a warning, communicate with patients and remind them to pick up refills so the will call bins are as empty as possible. Also, contact med sync patients who may run short on medications; this minimizes inventory loss and helps patients be more resilient.
  • If possible, move medications (particularly controlled substances) off premises. If not, invest in strong safes that are bolted to the floor.
  • Use social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) to post updates, news, physician locations, community services, and important information for patients.


The NCPA Foundation improves community-based health care access by supporting efforts that promote the sustainability and growth of independent community pharmacists, the most accessible health care provider, through scholarships, grants, and ownership development.

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