It seems every day there is horrible news to be read. Often I ask myself, WHAT WOULD I DO?? A lot of the time, I wonder if as a diabetic I would be SOL because the insurance companies will only cover so much at a time, or if the world got to hot-would all the insulin go bad, or what if WHAT IF!??! Most of the time, I think that could never happen in beautiful California...time to WAKE UP! Terrible things happen people and I know these can be crazy ides, but it is best to be prepared. I know myself that as of right now I am NOT prepared. I just came across this fantastic list from the POWER OF PREVENTION-DIABETES DISASTER PLAN (Click there to get the full PDF version) My weekend plan is put all these things together:
ACE Power of Prevention® Diabetes Disaster Plan
Prepare a portable diabetes disaster kit that is both insulated
and waterproof containing the following items:
List of all medical conditions and prior surgeries.
Information about your diabetes, including past and present medications,
any adverse reactions to medications, and past and present complications.
List of all your health care professionals with their contact information.
Letter from your diabetes health care professionals detailing most recent diabetes medication regimen (especially for insulin) and containing most recent laboratory results.
List of all medications, which should also include pharmacies and
active prescription information and eligible refills.
A 30-day supply of medications for diabetes and all other medical
conditions. This should include insulin, oral antidiabetic agents and
a severe hypoglycemia emergency kit (if prescribed by your physician).
Blood glucose testing supplies, including lancets, test strips and
preferably, at least two glucose meters with extra batteries.
A cooler and at least four refreezable gel packs for storing insulin
(do not use dry ice when storing your medication).
Empty plastic bottles and/or sharps container for syringes, needles, and/or lancets.
Source of carbohydrate to treat hypoglycemic reactions (e.g., glucose
Ideally you should also have a one or two day supply of food
that does not require refrigeration (e.g. non-perishable).
That all sounds great to me! Do any of you have an emergency pact prepared? If so, where do you keep it? Your car? Your house? The work place? I supposed we all should have these in multiple places considering we never know where we will be when disaster strikes. Living in California, I should really have an earthquake kit available too with all of these things...the list of things to do as a diabetic is never ending.
Has anyone been through a disaster with diabetes?