Welcome back to the final part of our Diabetes Emergency Kit series. So far, we have covered the importance of a day-to-day emergency kit in Part 1 as well as a larger kit for a natural disaster or an emergency event in Part 2. In the final part of our series, we will talk about access to diabetes medication and supplies during an emergency if you haven't got a kit or if you need a top up.
So we learned all about diabetes emergency kits.
What do we do now?
As well as utilising the checklists we mentioned in Part 1 and Part 2 of the blog series, it is important to know where you can access additional insulin and other diabetes supplies during an emergency.
In response to emergency events across the globe, Insulin For Life do their best to send donated unwanted insulin and diabetes supplies to the affected region. For information on where Insulin For Life has global affiliates or donating insulin or diabetes supplies, please visit their website: www.insulinforlife.org.
Remember to check up on your kit!
With any emergency kit, it is important to revisit it regularly. Set a yearly calendar reminder on your phone to revise and update your diabetes emergency kit and plan. If a particular season has a higher risk for natural disasters such as bushfires or hurricanes, it is a good idea to update your emergency kit and plan before this time.
Unfortunately, some natural disasters or emergency events are unexpected with no warning, which highlights the importance of a diabetes emergency kit and plan. Ensure that your emergency contacts, medication and current regimens are up-to-date and replace any perishable food or items that may have expired.
If your country has a diabetes emergency plan or if you have experienced a situation where a diabetes emergency kit or plan has been helpful, please share them with the Beta Change community.
Do you have other tips or tricks for your diabetes emergencies? We want to hear about them and add them to our list of resources!
Disclaimer: This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider.