Diabetes, disaster preparation and you
January 10, 2014
Managing diabetes is something many people live with in their day to day lives. But what happens when life gets disrupted? In 2005, Hurrican Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans, upending the lives of thousands. Years later, the city is still recovering. But in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, for many, the world went askew. Hospitals and pharmacies were closed or abandoned, making medical treatment difficult.
So what should you do if you have a condition such as diabetes, and you find yourself without power or access to a pharmacy or your doctor? In the video below, Tony Song of Diabetes Care Partners lists a couple of simple ideas to help people be prepared in the event of an emergency.
- In a safe place, keep a copy of all your emergency contact information, and doctor and pharmacy info
- Also keep all the info about your condition and prior medical history
- Keep a list of all your medications, and the proper doses for each
- Try to stockpile 2 weeks worth of meds in a cooler or other sturdy container