My Diabetes Emergency Bag

National disasters and emergency situations happen and you and your diabetes need to be prepared!

What’s inside the diabetes emergency bag?

There’s a water proof duffle bag that makes its home in my hallway closet that I refer to as “my diabetes emergency bag” and it’s a big deal. Inside that duffle bag sits two unopened boxes of omnipods. Instead of an tubed insulin pump, I wear the tubeless omnipod, so those pods are important. 1 box holds 10 pods and is considered a 1 month supply by my insurance company. Like I said, I have two boxes in my diabetes emergency bag.

In that duffle bag I also keep two vials of test strips (each containing 50 test strips), a box of lancets, alcohol swabs, a bag of unopened needles, spare batteries for my pods PDM (remote and meter), a spare meter, two giant bottles of glucose tabs, juice boxes, and a good size insulted soft cooler.

Also, I keep a box of tampons in there because you never know!

And taped to the top of that duffle bag is a note that reads: “GRAB INSULIN AND ICEPACKS FROM THE FRIDGE, MEDS AND VITAMINS FROM THE CABINET, AND MAKE SURE YOU ARE WEARING YOUR MEDICAL ID BRACELET!

I’ve only ever had to use my emergency diabetes bag twice; once during hurricane Sandy and the other time during a Nor’easter. Both instances I was without power for days and I was lucky enough to stay with friends.

Having a diabetes emergency bag packed that’s ready to go, along with visual prompts to remind me to grab my insulin, icepack and meds, makes me feel safe and in control when it comes to emergencies and diabetes. Not only does that packed bag give me peace of mind, it gives me friends who were kind enough to ask me to ride out the storm with them, peace of mind. I don’t want my friends to worry about my diabetes while we are dealing with a natural disaster — that’s my job!

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