Emergencies: Are You Prepared?
Should a natural or man-made disaster occur, a diabetic needs to have an emergency supply kit ready to grab and go. Immediate disaster response is uncertain. A stockpile of diabetic supplies and other medications for 7-10 days is prudent. You may need to talk to your physician and obtain a special prescription for this emergency supply.
An emergency supply kit, depending on how you manage your diabetes, might include:
- Oral medications
- Insulin and insulin delivery supplies
- Extra meter batteries
- Quick acting, but non-perishable supplies of glucose
- Emergency contacts and telephone numbers, including physician, health provider, and health history information
- If your child has diabetes, identify in advance which school staff members will assist your child in an emergency
- Wear a medical alert bracelet that identifies your diabetic condition
- Other medications taken for other conditions.
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