Disaster Preparedness and Diabetes

As we enter fire and storm season, it’s always a good idea to think ahead and be prepared for disaster. In addition to the items listed below, make sure to pack hand sanitizer, wipes, and masks due to the current pandemic. Also, bring your own pillow and bedding in case you need to spend time in a shelter.

For any emergency scenario, it’s important to have an emergency preparedness plan. For people living with diabetes, a “diabetes kit” is an important part of emergency preparedness. Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition (DDRC) has put together great resources to help people with diabetes be prepared so that no one is caught unaware without medication.

DDRC’s Diabetes Kit checklist includes needed supplies, but more importantly, information that should be written down and kept in a waterproof container for emergency situations where a health care provider could find it and make informed emergency treatment decisions.

Download, Share and Personalize this Emergency Checklist

Emergency Evacuation-Items to Gather for People with Diabetes
We thought this list was a helpful way to prioritize what items to grab given different time frame limitations. We found it online, and customized it for people with diabetes. It is available in Word or PDF. Thank you for sharing with your colleagues and community.

1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) is an excellent referral resource for people with diabetes to call toll free for updates on accessing medical support during an emergency.

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