Do you have a diabetes disaster plan?

July 7, 2011 at 9:00 am 1 comment

Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters can occur with little or no prior notice. Planning your diabetes care before these things happen is important to continue good diabetes control.

Here are some things to remember:
  1. Purchase or make a first aid kit. Add items for individual use.
  2. Pack medical supplies, including water and supplies for hypoglycemia, to last you more than 2 weeks.
  3. Inspect and replace supplies every 2-3 months as necessary. Keep one full day’s supply in a secure place at work.
  4. Never be without the medication that your physician or health care provider prescribed for you.
  5. Insulin that is rapid/short acting should be clear, without particles. All insulin should not have clumps, crystals or frost. Check with your healthcare team if you are unsure about your insulin.
  6. Check expiration dates on your insulin. Make sure you are using the type of insulin prescribed by your health care provider. Do not share insulin between family members.
  7. Keep insulin away from extremes of heat, cold or bright light. Insulin will keep at room temperature, depending on the manufacturer and brand, for up to 28 days if unopened. Learn how long your insulin can be kept unopened. Store insulin out of direct light.
  8. Carry identification at all times. Wearing an identification bracelet, necklace or card indicating that you have diabetes, current medicines or other conditions is extremely important.
It is important for people with diabetes to develop self management skills for disaster preparedness. Work with your health care team to understand what to in emergencies.

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  • 1. jdca2025  |  July 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Very good post. Managing your diabetes supplies can be difficult if you are not well organized. There are different factors to consider, and one must always be looking weeks ahead. No matter what, it is always better to err on the side of caution.

    – Stoyan
    Associate Editor


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