Managing diabetes can be even harder when you are dealing with an earthquake, major storm, loss of electricity, or possible evacuation from your home.
Building a “diabetes kit” now can save a lot of worry and time when a disaster strikes.
Your diabetes kit should be stored in an easy-to-carry, waterproof bag or container, to hold documents, information, and supplies you will want to have with you.
Important Information to Keep In Your Kit—write down or copy the following
- Type of diabetes you have
- Other medical conditions, allergies, and previous surgeries
- Current medications, doses, and time you take them. Include your pharmacy name, address and phone number
- Previous diabetes medications you have taken
- A letter from your diabetes care team with a list of your most recent diabetes medications, if possible
- A copy of your most recent laboratory results
- Make, model and serial number of your insulin pump or CGM. Include the pump manufacturer’s customer support phone number (24/7 support)
- Doctor’s name, phone number, and address
- Phone numbers and email addresses for your family, friends, and work. Include out-of-town contacts
- A copy of your health insurance card
- A copy of your photo ID
- One week supply (or more) of all medications, including insulin and Glucagon (unexpired!)
- Supplies to check your blood sugar. Don’t forget extra batteries!
- Extra supplies for insulin pump or CGM
- Extra syringes or pen needles
- Alcohol swabs
- Cooler and reusable cold packs
- Note: Do NOT use dry ice and do not freeze the medication
- Empty plastic bottle or sharps container to safely carry syringes, needles and lancets
- Items to treat low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), such as:
- Hard candy (not sugar-free)
- Regular soda
- Glucose tablets
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.
Adapted from American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)—My Diabetes Emergency Plan. For additional emergency preparation resources for people with diabetes, visit My Diabetes Emergency Plan.