What to do when the power goes out

By Misspearl01 Latest Reply 2012-04-30 06:32:50 -0500
Started 2012-03-07 09:14:25 -0600

Today I am here to come clean to share with all of you my slap
In the face and to admit I am a diabetic. No more doughts where to start
Had my first appointment with my endo on Friday all was good answered all my question gonna help me get on track that was at ten am
Around twelve they started saying some strong storms were coming our way. No problem. At 3:50 I'm at the gym (Hugh step for me) when I can hear sirens going off. I leave and franticaly head home 20 minutes from the gym. Half way home it starts to hail I'm scared I make it home turn on the news weather radio and wait I am scared to death the sky outside is green the winds or howling the tennis ball sized hail sounds like it's gonna come through my roof. I am shaking crying and praying all at the same time. Then the electric goes out. now Hugh panic has set in phones are not working. At 6 pm. I finally hear from my mom they to have no electric she has 4 grqndbabies living with her I need to eat soon as well so I leave head 5 mi it's up the road to the grocery no electric there all power out so I start to head south toasted my mom. On the highway when traffic comes to dead stop 2 miles from my home a tornado ripped through town OMG. No food with me more panic still phones are not working. 2 hours later I make it to my moms shaking crying and scared to death. She takes my bg level 52. Omg how am I still moving. On Saturday I went to the store I now carry a bag with a bottle of water trail mix peanut butter crakers and two packs of skittles. My emergency kit also have encluded the same in my car. What a day. Does anyone else have any pointers for when severe weather hits. No electric what precautions do you take.

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39 replies

jigsaw 2012-04-30 06:32:50 -0500 Report

I realize one never knows when they are next. I live near the water on the Carolina coast! The area is called hurricane alley and there have been 3 hurricanes in the last couple of years. If there is ever anything above a cat 3, I'm outta here!! Otherwise, I am fairly well prepared for a lesser emergency

JSJB 2012-04-30 03:47:51 -0500 Report

When a situation like yours happens, you should have emergency supplies to keep you going until power is restored. Five years ago I bought a generator and haven't used it once. Stay calm, have emergency lighting the power will be back on soon.

Misspearl01 2012-04-29 17:20:52 -0500 Report

At this time I was still new to D. Had no idea what I should have with me at all times. But now I have several emergency bags here and there

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-04-29 16:45:36 -0500 Report

We all need to be aware of our needs,medically speaking and have a back up plan in place. Diabetics should always have an emergency kit ready, but also have plenty of glucose tabs on hand for the emergency that can't wait for food/drinks to bring bg up fast. That is why glucose tablets (fast acting carbs ) are available. I'm always surprised to hear of diabetics who don't use them or have never heard of them. Being in a stressful situation will quickly alter the bg as well.

I'm a bit confused as to why in the situation above, the person didn't grab food to take with them for the drive. Even when electric is out, the food in fridge is good and there is also the pkg food, can foods that can be eaten. My family and I were snowed in up in the mountains for four days with no utilities or heat. The cabin was all electric with the fireplace converted to an electric pellet stove. Cell phones don't work there and there is no house phone! We were not the only homes occupied up there, but they couldn't get the snow plows to us, when they could they stopped house before us as the tires had no traction to go further. Family was able to dig out one of the trucks and a path to get out finally. We got creative in eating and put on alot of clothes and blankets. I didn't panic as it would do no good, and we played games, read everything we got our hands on and enjoyed the togetherness. Will make sure there is a regular fire place next time. I'm happy that I knew what I needed in case of an emergency. I hate peanut butter, but always a jar in house and crackers.

jigsaw 2012-03-11 08:34:23 -0500 Report

A boat for flooding, a private aircraft to go somewhere else fast, a generator for loss of electric! Everyone's answers were so good and thorough, I couldn't think of anything else to add but a bit of humor to a non humorous situation. Actually, if you live in a private home, a small generator can really be great in emergencies when electric goes out.
Glad to know that you are ok!

Anonymous 2012-03-10 06:56:09 -0600 Report

i would keep dry goods on hand that can be eaten without cooking them like soup canned veggies crackers meals that are prepared that don't need to be in frig or frezzer. better then nothing too eat dry fruit fresh fruits fresh veggies.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-03-10 05:52:25 -0600 Report

So sorry you went through this sounds scary. I keep a lot of things with me in my house, snack bag, and in my desk. There's include glucose tablets, pb crackers, Donald duck orange juice, and nuts. I also have a glucose gel by my bed, (I sometimes wake up experiencing bad lows). Best of luck!

Harlen 2012-03-07 19:52:51 -0600 Report

I keep a buggout bag in the truck and car
Whats in it
Food that is vac packed so it will not go bad and yes I leave it in the rappers lol
A first aid kit ,flash light (winedup ) Blanket, Radio (winedup) Bag water .
The snacks I use are high fiber that way they last longer
I live in Mane so I keep them at all times
Now at home lol I keep three months of food and water back up gen
MRE's Back up heat and cooking .
Hope this helps
If you have any Q just ask
Best wishes

I keep my D bag with me at all times with meds and other things I may need

GabbyPA 2012-03-07 18:56:09 -0600 Report

What a story! So glad to hear that you made it through and all of your family is safe. Emergencies are scary and if we are prepared it takes at least some of the worry away. Learning the hard way is crummy, but very effective.

Your kit sounds good. There are a lot of discussions here that talk about what to do in emergencies. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions?query=emergencies
A lot of great information on what different people pack up in their kits. I live in hurricane country so I keep at least 3 days of food and meds in a kit in the car. I used to keep it in the house, but more and more I started to worry about being in the car and needing my kit. So I keep stuff at home and also in the car. The less I have to worry about those things the better I can be.

I am also now taking a "Citizen Emergency Response Team" training class and have learned CPR and things like that. If I am not worried about my "stuff" then I can be ready to help if I am needed.

Nick1962 2012-03-07 16:14:21 -0600 Report

Glad you’re OK! Having lived in the Midwest most of my life, that green sky scares me every time. You just know something evil is coming. Glad you made it through!
I have all my meds and testing supplies in a small box in the bathroom, so if I have to dash, I just throw the lid on and go. Thankfully, I don’t have to deal with insulin, but I do have “rebound” lows if I’ve eaten something that spikes me bad (I can hit 40 before I fully feel it), so I’ve always got a small jar of honey roasted nuts in my truck. I’ve also always kept a list of my medications with my pharmacy and doctor’s phone numbers on a card in my wallet. That way if I do get disconnected from those things, I can usually explain the situation at any pharmacy and get at least a few day’s worth if need be (and it has happened).
I’m in an area where we get ice storms about once a year which can knock out power for a week. Unfortunately, because it is ice, getting to a store, even if they do have power may be impossible, or at best dangerous. I make sure I always have 24 hours of food on hand with meat I can grill, and at least a few canned items like soups I can throw in a pot and heat on the grill as well.
Last time my power went out I was on the treadmill. It stopped, I didn’t and walked face first into a shelf on the wall.

Caroltoo 2012-03-07 16:57:35 -0600 Report

Sorry to be laughing about your power outage experiences cause it sounds like it hurt, but the visual of you walking off the teadmill is funny! Thanks for sharing!!

Nick1962 2012-03-07 18:24:37 -0600 Report

Sad thing is my treadmill is up against a wall where I have a shelf mounted for a mini dvd player. Tore it and the shelf off the wall, split my lip then fell to my knees and split my chin on the treadmill itself. Never walk in a storm - even inside!

jayabee52 2012-03-09 20:54:08 -0600 Report

I was on a treadmill in the chest pain clinic in the hospital in July 2007. It was some kind of stress test, and I stumbled and panicked and forgot to let go. The nurses were far away and by the time they got there and turned the 'mill off I had a real bad road rash on both knees. Ouch! Needless to say they found another way to do the stress test or maybe even forgot it.

It turns out my heart was not a problem, but my prostate had closed tightly and my bladder was over full and once the bladder was relieved the chest pain diminished greatly.

Nick1962 2012-03-10 18:34:05 -0600 Report

Oooh James my skin is crawling just thinking about that. I'm suprised they didn't have a kill cord. Mine has a cord that I hook to my sweats that if I fall or wander more than 24" from the console it pulls the "key" and shuts down immediately. I'd call that stress test a fail. ;)

jigsaw 2012-03-12 20:10:42 -0500 Report

Did a pretty nurrse come along and bandage your boo boos? Last time I was in the hospital, that's kind of what happened. I was waiting in a wheel chair after recovering from a biopsy. Seemed like forever, waiting to see if they found evidence of the big C. Finally, along comes a pretty nurse, and swings her hip into my side, I almost rolled away in the wheel chair! The only thing I could think about at that moment was the pretty nurse and not rolling into the patient on the next side of the curtain! Oh yea, she said I would be around for awhile, the biopsy came back clean.

If they ever put me on a treadmill in the hospital, I'm asking for knee pads and an empty bottle…just in case! (-;

jigsaw 2012-03-13 06:58:02 -0500 Report

I guess I misunderstood what happened when you fell! I thought you fell to your knees, panicked, and that's when your bladder, prostate, and the whole works let loose hence the bottle! My apology, I now see what you were saying, so the heck with the bottle, and I'll just get knee pads.

jayabee52 2012-03-13 22:36:00 -0500 Report

I already had a foley catheter inserted into my bladder and it was attached to a bag so no need for a bottle. OOOH inserting the foley really hurt too!

jigsaw 2012-03-14 07:14:09 -0500 Report

Now I'm in pain just thinking about it! I never had the experience, and I definitely don't look forward to it.

jayabee52 2012-03-14 12:43:45 -0500 Report

It was a "grit your teeth" type of experience. And I was on the foley catheter for about 3 months. and they were supposed to change the catheter every month to prevent UTIs. It was so disturbing I talked my nurse out of changing it so I had it in 2 months at a time. I think every guy ought to experience it at least once in his lifetime! NOT! LoL!

jigsaw 2012-03-14 18:54:32 -0500 Report

Thanks James, should I ever have the need for a catheter, I'll probably be scared @#$%!!!!!

EdnaShukis 2012-03-07 15:34:15 -0600 Report

Miss Pearl, my prayers are with you, also consider to get a generator and have a special place where you can go in your house ready for emergencies and emergencies supplies near there. Can goods can last a long time, during the stormy season our electric can be off for a week or more. Very challenging. I live in hurricane prone Florida and have been extremely lucky. Know where your nearest safe place is near you. Read all the comments her so much good advice! Also make sure you have lots of bottle water, even if it is not cold you can still drink it… I keep some frozen gallon jugs of water in my freeze at all times will help keep it longer and some for spit baths!

Caroltoo 2012-03-07 14:44:31 -0600 Report

Living here in hurricane country is similar. After Iniki, places on Kauai lost power and services for weeks. We all keep BBQ of whatever size fits our space and bottles of propane for cooking. Can't do much for lighting besides arrange to use daylight or candles.

Always have a back up supply of food that you can eat: I keep some in the car, the rest in the garage. Also, always have whatever medications you use available with you and at home.

Add in whatever supplies are specific to your needs. When I lived in snow country, I added things for cold weather and digging out of snow banks. Cold isn't much of an issue here, but I still carry a big double towel which is my "beach blanket" but could also double for warmth, as well as jackets and umbrellas in the car.

pixsidust 2012-03-07 13:26:42 -0600 Report

I am sorry this happened and thank God for your Life!
Please do not travel when a storm is in play.
Stuck in your car is no place to be when a tornado
or prospect of a tornado is there

The key for diabetic success is our being prepared.
I always have food at home that is geared for my needs
You can just not have food in the house even if its a soup can
Never put yourself at risk by having to shop for a meal because you
are totally without, having at least one at home

In a storm setting, you should still have cheese or lunch meat
that can be munched on in the fridge.
Carrots, nuts, and salad making material.
The food needs to be there even if the electricity is not.
Truly perishable things need to go in the freezer with frozen food
while you are waiting for the electricity to come back on
or until its safe and you can get ice to fill a cooler.

Keep an old fashioned phone that does not need to be plugged in electrically (just the phone line) and you should still have a phone if the phone lines are still there. I have one as back up.
Cell phones work too but if you do not have one, this is a must
If you and grandma had those type of phones,
you may have been able to still converse.

Of course you need to have a place to go in your house.
I go to my bathroom in the basement.
Its built in the middle of the basement and gives me walls between
myself and basement windows.
I herd my pets in there with me.

Last Year in St Louis we had a tornado hit our airport then move east.
I live 5 short walking blocks from its direct path.

FYI, Every tornado that I have seen or been near
hit when it was not raining at that moment.
I am upward of 10 direct sightings.

Mark your car with Diabetic on it and wear a bracelet or necklace
saying the same at all times.
I have a Diabetic Driver plate holder and a sticker in my rear window.
I also wear a bracelet that indicates I am Diabetic.
My bracelet is pretty..see my pictures.
My full information is on my alert card in my wallet.
If I need help, I want people to know what kind of help I need.

Keep candles or better flash lights with batteries that work. Plan with your family what you each will do in that event of a bad storm.
Plug in the old phones, places to go in your houses and where to travel to in the event you need to leave.

I knew that a tornado was bearing down on my house without alarms. Right when it reached the top of my street, it turned sharply North
instead of South to me. It was walking distance from me.
But God was even closer…

Caroltoo 2012-03-07 14:26:38 -0600 Report

What an experience, Pixsi! So glad you were safe. We do the same kind of planning with hurricanes here in Hawaii, but they are more diffuse in nature, path isn't quite so clear.

pixsidust 2012-03-07 15:18:13 -0600 Report

Tornado's can turn sharply or even jump
They are extremely unpredictable
Last year the TV show Storm watchers converged on St Louis
because of the amount of tornado producing storms
hitting our area in a day.
I watched as multiple funnel clouds hung in the sky pointing downward
passed over my house.
You do not know when one of these clouds will decide to touch down.
Close up you do not always see the funnel if its a wall cloud
I think Hurricanes are very scary!

Caroltoo 2012-03-07 15:21:38 -0600 Report

They both are and really are very similar! The weather man would laugh at this, but I think of a hurricane as a big lazy tornato that grew up and spread out, so got a little less intense.

Jeanae 2012-03-08 08:44:08 -0600 Report

I have lived in various places all over the world due to my husband being retired military. I have gone through tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, power outages that lasted for days, snow storms, wild fires, and even a revolution. I have to thank God that I was not diabetic back then. I don't think I owuld have been prepared. I now klive in Texas so I need to prepare for having to leave suddenly (wild fires) or tornados. Thanks for this post. It has made me really think.

jayabee52 2012-03-07 10:22:25 -0600 Report

MissPearl, I am so sorry you went through that! I used to live in OHio, and then IN, and then in Kansas and then in Nebraska where we had tornadoes too, and I remember feeling frightened when the weather got bad like that, but that was before I was Dx'd with D.

Emergencies of all kinds have been discussed here on DC. You can find many of them by searching on the term "emergency" in the search box on the main discussions page. I did that and found this here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions?qu...