By Matthew Bernat
When severe storms threaten, it’s important for everyone to have a proper plan and supplies in place to weather the storm, but an emergency kit is especially critical for people managing type 1 diabetes.
Power outages, disrupted travel and closed stores are all possibilities when severe weather strikes. Now especially is an important time to get prepared. Hurricane season is ongoing now until Nov. 30, and winter storms will soon follow. But damaging winds, flash floods, thunderstorms and more can strike any time of the year in any part of the country. These events can cause serious problems for people with type 1 diabetes who need insulin and the supplies necessary to administer it to live.
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Any diabetes-related emergency kit should be kept handy if disaster strikes. A type 1 diabetes emergency kit should be tailored to meet your specific needs; however, here’s a list of items to give you a guideline to start building your own. Be sure to keep the kit handy at all times to stay safe.
Be sure to replenish supplies regularly so that all supplies are current. Consider storing at least two weeks worth of supplies and store everything in waterproof containers.
According to the organization Children With Diabetes, you should keep a current explanation of your diabetes management regimen, including dosages at various meal times. For pump users, this should include basal rates, insulin-to-carb ratios, and correction factors. If you subscribe to a medical identification service, include a print out of all of your information. Store this information in a waterproof container.
Also be sure to keep a copy of your emergency contact information of and family members, including phone numbers (land and cell) and email addresses. It’s also a good idea to keep contact information for relatives who may live farther away.
In addition to any diabetes-specific supplies it’s smart to keep handy items that will keep you safe and warm. Here’s a list from Children With Diabetes to get you started.
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