Houston, hurricane season officially started on June 1, 2011, and the number one question to ask yourself is, “Are you prepared”? For people with diabetes is very important that we carefully plan ahead for a natural disaster. Below are a list of items that should be placed in your hurricane kits.
Prepare a portable diabetes disaster kit that is both insulated and waterproof containing the following items:
- List of all medical conditions and prior surgeries.
- Information about your diabetes, including past and present medications, any adverse reactions to medications, and past and present complications.
- List of all your health care professionals with their contact information.
- Letter from your diabetes health care professionals detailing most recent diabetes medication regimen (especially for insulin) and containing most recent laboratory results
- List of all medications, which should also include pharmacies and active prescription information and eligible refills.
- A 30 day supply of medications for diabetes and all other medical conditions. This should include insulin, oral anti-diabetic agents and a severe hypoglycemia emergency kit (if prescribed by your physician)
- Blood glucose testing supplies, including lancets, test strips and preferably, at least two glucose meters with extra batteries.
- A cooler and at least four refreezable gel pack for storing insulin (do not use dry ice). Empty plastic bottles and /or sharps container for syringes, needles, and/or lancets.
- Source of carbohydrate to treat hypoglycemic reactions (glucose tablets, glucose gel). Ideally you should also have a one or two day supply of food that does not require refrigeration.
- At least a 3 day supply of bottled water
- Pen and/or pencil and notepad to record blood glucoses and any new signs/symptoms suggesting medical problems
- Additional medical/first aid supplies like bandages, cotton swabs, dressings, and topical medications to treat cuts or abrasions
ACE POWER of Prevention Diabetes Disaster Plan, compliments of the American College of Endocrinology