Disaster Planning (CDC) - What you Need to Know
In the wake of recent hurricanes, people with diabetes face particular challenges to their health care. If you are an evacuee, it is of prime importance to identify yourself as a person with diabetes and any related conditions, so you can obtain appropriate care. It is also important to prevent dehydration by drinking enough fluids, which can be difficult when drinking water is in short supply. In addition, it is helpful to keep something containing sugar with you at all times, in case you develop hypoglycemia (low blood glucose). To prevent infections, which people with diabetes are more vulnerable to, pay careful attention to the health of your feet, and get medical treatment for any wounds.
Help for People with Diabetes Affected by Natural Disasters (CDC)
Emergency Access to Diabetes Syringes in NYS
How can you obtain syringes without a prescription? ESAP can help!
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Information Regarding Insulin Storage and Switching between Products in an Emergency (FDA)
Patients should try to keep their insulin as cool as possible, avoiding direct heat and direct sunlight as well as freezing if placed on ice. Although a physician should supervise when switching insulin products, here are recommendations for emergency situations.
Safe Drug Use after a Natural Disaster (FDA)
Drug products should be discarded if they came in contact with flood or contaminated water. In the case of urgently needed life-saving drugs, if the container is contaminated but the contents appear unaffected (pills are dry), the pills may be used until a replacement can be obtained.
Blood Glucose Meters and Natural Disasters (CDRH)
Heat and humidity can damage blood glucose meters and test strips. If you use a blood glucose meter, check the meter and test strip package insert for information on use during unusual heat and humidity. Store and handle the meter and test strips according to the instructions. Perform quality-control checks to make sure that your home glucose testing is accurate and reliable.
Clean Hands Save Lives: Emergency Situations (CDC)
After an emergency, finding running water can be difficult. However, keeping your hands clean helps you avoid getting sick. It is best to wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. However, when water is not available, you can use alcohol-based hand products made for washing hands (sanitizers).
Keep Food and Water Safe After a Disaster or Power Outage (CDC)
Food may not be safe to eat during and after an emergency. Safe water for drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene includes bottled, boiled, or treated water. Your state, local, or tribal health department can make specific recommendations for boiling or treating water in your area.
Emergency Wound Care After a Natural Disaster (CDC)
People often receive wound injuries during and after a natural disaster, and wound care is of particular importance for people with diabetes.
Preparing for Emergencies: A Guide for People on Dialysis
This booklet suggests a 3-day emergency diet to follow if your dialysis must be delayed, directions for disinfecting water, and lists of supplies to keep on hand for further emergency situations.
- www.medicare.gov/Publications/Pubs/pdf/10150.pdf (PDF, 146KB)