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Survival: Diabetic Health Considerations In A Disaster

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If you are Diabetic or have any other health condition, you must develop your disaster plan with these needs in mind. Information should be available from your doctor. Please take the time now to begin developing a plan of action, in the event of disaster, that will meet your personal needs. The remainder of this article contains information that may give you ideas for your own personal plan that you can develop and discuss with your doctor if you are diabetic.

You could safely store the following medical supplies or have them readily
available, including when traveling:

  1. Copy of your emergency information and medical list

  2. Extra copies of prescriptions

  3. Insulin or pills (include all medications that you take daily including over
    the counter medications)

  4. Syringes

  5. Alcohol swabs

  6. Cotton balls & tissues

  7. A meter to measure blood sugar

  8. Blood sugar diary

  9. Insulin pump supplies (if on insulin pump)

  10. Strips for your meter

  11. Urine ketone testing strips

  12. Lancing device and lancets

  13. Quick acting carbohydrate (for example, glucose tablets, orange juice, etc.)

  14. Longer lasting carbohydrate sources (for example, cheese and crackers)

  15. Glucagon Emergency Kit (if on insulin)

  16. Empty hard plastic detergent bottle with cap to dispose used lancets and

o Insulin may be stored at room temperature (59° - 86°F) for 28 days.
o Insulin pens in use can be stored at room temperature according to
manufacturer’s directions.
o Insulin should not be exposed to excessive light, heat or cold.
o Regular and Lantus insulins should be clear.
o NPH, Lente, Ultralente, 75/25, 50/50, and 70/30 insulins should be
uniformly cloudy before rotating.
o Insulin that clumps or sticks to the sides of the bottle should not be used.
o Although reuse of your insulin syringes is not generally recommended, in
life and death situations, you have to alter this policy. Do not share your
insulin syringes with other people.

Stress can cause a rise in your blood sugar.
Erratic mealtimes can cause changes in your blood sugar.
Excessive work to repair damage caused by the disaster (without stopping for
snacks) can lower your blood sugar.
Excessive exercise when your blood sugar is over 250mg can cause your blood
sugar to go higher.
Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.
Check your feet daily for an irritation, infection, open sores or blisters. Disaster
debris can increase your risk for injury. Heat, cold, excessive dampness and
inability to change footwear can lead to infection, especially if your blood sugar is
high. Never go without shoes.



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