Preparation is key in managing diabetes during a disaster. The Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition has created a Diabetes Preparedness Plan to help people with diabetes understand what needs to be done during times of disaster. You’ll find a checklist of critical supplies, valuable information, and guidelines on how to prepare for an emergency.
Here are a few key things to remember:
- Medical Documentation. Write down the type of diabetes you have, other medical conditions, allergies along with current medications, doses and time you take them along with your pharmacy name, address and phone number.
- Prescriptions. Ask for an extra supply of all medications, including insulin and glucagon, if prescribed. Also, make sure you have them stocked.
- Insulin. If you lose power and you have unused insulin, don’t throw it out! In an emergency, it is okay to use expired or non-refrigerated insulin. To keep insulin cool, consider getting a Frio pack. Another excellent tool is the MedAngel Bluetooth thermometer for insulin.
- Shelter. If you need shelter, you can contact the American Red Cross directly at 1-800-RED-CROSS. If you find yourself in a shelter without proper diabetes care and supplies, call 1-800-DIABETES.
Finally stay informed. Visit Florida Disaster, Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition and DDRC’s Facebook page for information on how to access medical support, storm status, shelters, and open pharmacies during times of disaster.
Under a State of Emergency, a pharmacist may be able to refill prescriptions early. To learn more, click here.
The Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition (DDRC) Plans:
Diabetes Disaster Plan: Short Version
Diabetes Disaster Plan: Spanish
Emergencies can also come in the form of a lockdown situation. You’ll want to make sure your child is prepared at school if students may need to shelter in place in the gym, playground, library or classroom. Meet with your school contact to discuss a plan for your child in the event of a school lockdown or other emergency.
Working with Your Child’s School
Diabetes Preparedness Plan – Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition
Information Regarding Insulin Storage and Switching Between Products in an Emergency – FDA
FDA Offers Tips about Medical Devices and Hurricane Disasters – FDA
This document is not intended to take the place of the care and attention of your personal physician or other professional medical services. Our aim is to promote active participation in your care and treatment by providing information and education. Questions about individual health concerns or specific treatment options should be discussed with your physician.