Diabetics, Disasters and Emergency Preparedness

By beadmom Latest Reply 2009-09-05 19:47:31 -0500
Started 2009-09-02 11:56:13 -0500

We see natural disasters happen all the time, fires, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, all often requiring the evacuation of a fair amount of people. For example, right now 10,000+ people are under evacuation orders in southern California. Considering that 8% of the population of the USA are diabetics (and that is the known count, in actuality it is suspected the rate is more like 10-15%) that leaves 800 diabetics right now, displaced.

Are you prepared? Do you have a plan? How would you handle short notice uprooting of your normal habitat and routine?

I am addressing this to the newly diagnosed because we are new, a little overwhelmed and less likely to think along these lines yet but everyone should have a plan!


8 replies

beadmom 2009-09-02 14:35:01 -0500 Report

I am really concentrating on what you can keep in your car because in the 2003 fires in So Cal my 11 of my friends lost their homes (We had just moved from there to OR)

One family had a ranch where they boarded horses. They got 33 horses, 2 dogs, 1 cat, a chicken and themselves out and nothing else. No clothes, no food nthing…Everything burned including the dirt in the arena. There was just no time to get anything but the live bodies off the ranch.

She was 8 mo pregnant with 3 small children (and a fantastic husband).


hbkunkel 2009-09-02 14:34:26 -0500 Report

I always carry a juice box in the car as well as a fiber one granola bar for that occasional emergency but had not thought further than that and will certainly do something about an emergency kit ASAP. Thanks.

beadmom 2009-09-02 12:13:06 -0500 Report

So, on that note and partly because I travel a lot on very short notice. I always keep a giant can of nuts and a box of zip bags stashed in my car as well as a few apples. (Yikes..I really am a squirrel)

As much as I abhor "throw away" products such as the disposable Sidekick meter, I am considering buying one and keeping one in my car as well.


Harlen 2009-09-02 14:03:51 -0500 Report

Sidekick will go bad if it gets hot like in a car in the summer time
the one I had did
I keep a evac kit in the car
I keep my meater with me at all times
I didnt think of nust???? good one I think I will go get some for the car
Keeping 2 MREs in the car too
Good luck all

beadmom 2009-09-02 14:29:39 -0500 Report

MRE's are a good idea. We havea military supply here but I wonder where else you can get them.


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