For those of us who don’t live in hurricane paths or in earthquake zones, the idea of needing any sort of emergency evacuation kit for people diabetes supplies seems a waste of time. Recent world events have shown us otherwise.
In Canada, we have seen the speed with which forest fires have spread through the Okanogan and the devastation they leave behind. On the east coast, we have witnessed the destruction that flooding can cause and have seen many friends evacuated from their homes at a moments notice.
With that in mind, Diabetes Advocacy felt that we should all seriously have our own emergency packs no matter where you live–no matter how much you think this will never happen in your area it just might!
Examples of items in an emergency evacuation kit for people with diabetes
- Frio packs and cooler
meter, pump and flashlight
- Packaged crackers and cheese/peanut butter
- Candles and matches
Extraglucose meter, extra insulin(s), glucagon, syringes, lancets, blood test strips, ketone test strips (blood or urine), alcohol wipes, insulin pump supplies (if you use a pump)
- Non-diabetes medication such as anti-nausea and
- Put a minimum of two weeks worth of supplies and medications in a Ziploc storage bag or any waterproof storage bag.
- Emergency glucose such as unopened glucose tablets
- General first aid kit
- Bottled water
- Supply of non-perishable foods and handheld can opener if you have canned goods
- Copies of all prescriptions
- Emergency telephone numbers including that of your physicians
- Cash–bills, coin or both
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