Disaster preparedness when you have diabetes – MayoClinic.com
If you have a chronic medical condition, including diabetes, you’re especially vulnerable during such disasters. Daily routine and regular meals are important for good blood sugar control. The disruption in routine and the stress from the chaotic nature of a disaster can adversely affect your diabetes management and your health. And if you take insulin, you likely need it every day, often multiple times a day, to keep blood sugars in balance. During a disaster, you might not have your usual access to your health care providers, medications, medical supplies or all of these. For these reasons, it’s important to be prepared, before a disaster is imminent.
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recommends that you include the following items and information in a disaster preparedness kit that’s insulated and waterproof:
List of all medical conditions and prior surgeries
Information about your diabetes, including past and present medications, any adverse reactions to medications, and present diabetes complications
List of your health care providers and their contact information
Letter from your diabetes health care provider detailing your most recent diabetes regimen (especially for insulin), as well as your most recent lab results
List of all your medications, your pharmacy and all active prescription information and eligible refills
30-day supply of your diabetes and other medications, including insulin if you take insulin, oral diabetes medications and a glucagon emergency kit (if prescribed)
Glucose tabs or other treatment for low blood glucose
Blood glucose testing supplies, including lancets, test strips and, preferably, at least two blood glucose testing meters — be sure test strips haven’t expired, and keep fresh batteries for the meters
Cooler and at least four refreezable gel packs for storing insulin (don’t use dry ice) — you might also consider including a few extra insulin cooling cases for use during a power outage
Empty plastic bottles or a sharps container for syringes, needles and lancet disposal
If you use an insulin pump, I’d also recommend keeping extra infusion supplies and batteries in the kit.