Diabetes Emergency Kits: Do You Have One??

Amy Tenderich
By Amy Tenderich Latest Reply 2011-05-06 09:53:29 -0500
Started 2008-10-02 07:21:19 -0500

Hey Everyone,

Are you prepared for a flood, hurricane or earthquake with the diabetes supplies you'll need?

I put together my own little kit not long ago. Now I found out that at least one company is selling a pre-packaged kit. See my post on it today (also with a discount offer) at:

http://www.diabetesmine.com/2008/10/new-diabe...

I think we should all have SOMETHING ready for an emergency.


10 replies

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-05-06 09:53:29 -0500 Report

I am going to be updating mine for hurricane season that starts in June. Rotate the meds, check the expiration dates on the food and make sure my toilet paper is dry! LOL
Seriously, this is something we should do. We don't want to be a burden on people in the time of an emergency. We want to be the blessing of preparedness.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-10-02 14:34:33 -0500 Report

Living in Florida, we have always been prepared for storms with food, water and supplies. This year was different though, and we prepared even more and made sure we had test supplies, batteries for our meteres and meds. Here you can ask for an extra amount, but you have to pay for it. It is worth it to get it. We can take care of 4 adults and 2 dogs for a month without having to get anything from the store. Maybe gas, but we stock up on that too.

Unfortunately, I also stocked up on things that are very processed...they have a longer shelf life that way. However, that is where the bad elements come in that can mess our control up. We are going to be donating a LOT of our stock this year in the annual food drives, and next year we will stock with more friendly foods.

If you do stock up, be sure to rotate thru your meds and supplies, so when you do need them, they are not expired.

vgarrison
vgarrison 2008-10-02 14:58:41 -0500 Report

Gabby smart for mentioning the rotation of the meds. I know some people that dont think of that and when they need it, its expired…

BINGO
BINGO 2008-10-03 05:50:13 -0500 Report

VERY GOOD A LOT OF PEOPLE FORGET TO ROTATE MEDS. tHAT IS VERY IMPORTANT. ALSO MY REPLYS MAY BE SLOW AS I ONLY HAVE A COMPUTER TO USE AT THE LIBRARY. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-10-02 08:17:32 -0500 Report

I am like Toma. I have one at home and one in the car. My brother lives about 64 miles away and we stay often,so he has one for me down there. I am a type 1 and also a transplant patient. Its a must to have my medication. I can't go a day without it. I also carry a note from my MD just in case I somewhere out (like shopping, visiting out of town) and forgot it so if I go the the ER , They know what to get me..

vgarrison
vgarrison 2008-10-02 08:07:17 -0500 Report

Amy,

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I live right outside of New Orleans (gulp) and the way its been going around here the last 3 years, this is something I really need to think about. We lost power for 3 weeks with Katrina, and 1 week with Gustov. I had gestational diabetes with hurricane Katrina, but was on diet control only thank goodness. Now that I am a full fledged diabetic on insulin, this is deffinetly something I have to worry about.

I remember watching on the news after Katrina, people holding up signs saying diabetic, need insulin, please help…now I really understand what these people were going thru…it can be plenty scary!

Vicki

Toma
Toma 2008-10-02 08:04:20 -0500 Report

I have been thinking about this. Dancehawk who is a member of this site and a forum moderator on my site lives in Louisiana just outside the main area of the hurricanes but they were without power and readily available food for a few weeks. Since she was not able to get the proper foods and had to eat MREs and whatever else was made available her blood glucose control suffered. She is a t2. This could be even more critical if a t1 was separated from their insulin. I have a disaster kit in my home and in my car but I am rethinking it based on diabetic control.

teddybearcub1960
teddybearcub1960 2008-10-02 07:36:25 -0500 Report

My husband and I just went to a diabetic festival on Tuesday and the main speaker just brought that up. So thanks for the discussion on it.