Last weekend Florida experienced heavy winds and tons of rain thanks to Tropical Storm Eta.
The storm got me thinking…. I should have a diabetes emergency preparedness kit.
I created a grab-and-go kit that I pray I’ll never have to “grab,” but at least I’ll be prepared if there is such an emergency.
What I put in my kit:
· Extra glucometer and supplies including lancets, strips, alcohol pads
· Syringes (even though I am on a pump. Need to prepare for a possible pump malfunction)
· Insulin (stored in the refrigerator, but easily accessible)
· CGM and pump supplies
· Ketone strips
· Sharps container
· Frio, ice packs
· Glucose gels, glucose tabs
· Non-perishable snacks (crackers, protein bars)
· Bottled water
· Small hand sanitizer
· Batteries (for insulin pump and glucometer)
· Cell phone charger, charger for CGM receiver
· Up-to-date list of medications and dosages
· Copy of my insurance card
· A list of important phone numbers including your endocrinologist, primary care provider, and your suppliers (Dexcom, Omnipod, etc.)
· Printed copy of pump settings including insulin to carbohydrate ratio, basal rates, and insulin sensitivity factor
· Small notebook and pen
· Printed prescriptions
Store all of these supplies in a waterproof container and make sure it is easily accessible. What good is a grab-and-go emergency kit if it is stored in the attic?
Ensure that you frequently check the supplies and their expiration dates throughout the year.
What am I forgetting? Is there anything else that you have in your disaster kit that I did not mention? Please share!