Tips for Managing Diabetes

Emergency Plan

From CDC’s National Diabetes Education Program

Natural disasters usually happen when they’re least expected.  It is important that people with diabetes have an emergency plan in place and know what to do to avoid any health issues.

Put together an emergency kit in a waterproof container with at least three days’ worth of medications and supplies.

  • Blood sugar testing supplies including a meter with extra lancets and test strips.
  • All medications, such as insulin or pills, in their containers, as well as prescriptions.
  • Glucagon emergency kit.
  • Foods to treat low blood sugar, such as glucose tabs/gels, juice, hard candies, and regular soda.

Make a plan.

  • Talk to family members about how to stay in contact during an emergency and discuss possible meeting places and escape routes.
  • Identify what materials/supplies are needed, such as water, healthy foods, a flashlight, comfortable shoes, a can opener, etc.
  • Let family members know about any medications that may be needed during an emergency, in case help is needed.

Identify emergency contacts.

  • Email and direct phone numbers for each family member in the household.
  • Phone numbers of family members or friends who live out of town.
  • Contact information for local police and fire departments and emergency management offices.