Preparation is key in managing diabetes during a disaster. The Diabetes Disease Response Coalition has created a Patient 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.
- 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 and DDRC’s Facebook page with information on how to access medical support, storm status, shelters, and open pharmacies during time of disaster.
***Hurricane Dorian Information***
Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a State of Emergency to prepare for Hurricane Dorian. 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) team to ensure that people who need insulin, supplies, shelter, etc., have access to them through and following any storms during hurricane season. The following link shares additional info on this team’s effort and resources available. Click here to download the latest press release from the DDRC.
Emergencies can also come in the form of a lockdown situation. You’ want to make sure you are prepared at school if students may need to stay in place in the gym, playground, library or classroom. Meet with your school contact to put an ECP (Emergency Care Plan) in place.
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.