Diabetes is already a 24/7 responsibility and an emergency scenario makes diabetes management and care that much more difficult. Whether it’s a natural disaster or a national security risk, we have some tips for how people with diabetes and their caregivers can be prepared in case of an emergency.
HAVE A PLAN: DIABETES EMERGENCY PLAN
Just as you have a fire emergency plan at home or at work, it is important to have a diabetes emergency plan. We recommend using a checklist to make sure you have all of the necessary information, supplies and medications set aside in advance.
EMERGENCY SUPPLIES: Consider storing at least a weeks’ worth of supplies. This might include medications, lancets, extra batteries for your meter and/or pump, and a quick acting source of glucose. All these items should be kept in an easy to identify container.
EMERGENCY CONTACTS: Your emergency supply kit should also contain a list of contacts, and if you are a parent of a child in school or daycare, physician’s orders that may be on file. As always, it is a good idea to wear medical identification that will address your medical needs.