IF YOU HAVE DIABETES, DO YOU HAVE A PLAN IN CASE OF EMERGENCY OR DISASTER?

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.

DIABETES RECIPE FINDER

The American Diabetes Association’s new food and cooking website, Diabetes Food Hub, is packed with hundreds of diabetes-friendly recipes, all vetted by a registered dietitian so you know you’re cooing something that not only tastes good but is good for you.  Users can save favorite recipes; add dishes to the interactive meal planner; create and edit a grocery list; and get healthy-eating tips, recipe videos, and more.  Head to diabetesfoodhub.org, and start cooking!