Flashlights shine on a diabetes ID tag amid a crisis.

Diabetes and Disaster Preparedness

What should we do if there are an impending disaster coming i.e. hurricane, snowstorm, flooding, power outages, earthquakes, or any other natural or manmade disaster? Most of us will experience a disaster at one point or more in our life so with this in mind we need to be prepared to take care of ourselves in the event of a disaster.

Emergency supplies to prepare for disasters

Being prepared with emergency supplies could potentially be a lifesaver. Some emergency supplies you should include, but not limited to:

  • Flashlight
  • Candles/lighter
  • Generator/fuel
  • Nonperishable food
  • Water
  • Battery operated radio
  • Clothing
  • Fire extinguisher
  • A evacuation plan shared with friends and family
  • Walkie talkies

Diabetes-specific emergency supplies

In addition to the normal emergency supplies, people with diabetes need to account for everything they need too.

  • Insulin
  • Oral diabetes medications
  • All other medications
  • Glucose monitor
  • Glucose test strips
  • In addition to emergency food supplies, you need foods that are low in carbs or have a low glycemic index
  • Diabetic identification tags

Let's be honest, how many of y'all have that last thing I mentioned? Many of us forget to get or realize the importance of having a tag that identifies what condition you have.

Identification tags

I want to stress the importance of having identification tags for diabetes or any other conditions with you at all times, especially during a disaster.

You have to think ahead using the "What If" way of thinking. What if you get into a car accident and you are unconscious and have to have insulin and none of the emergency response teams knows this? Same goes for a disaster, how are the rescue team gonna know your conditions?

This simple little tag could potentially save your life. How you wear it is up to you. Can get it as a bracelet, card, or necklace like dog tags.

Protect your important items

Fireproof safes can be purchased through almost every major retailer. These can protect important things you don't wanna lose in the event of a disaster. These things are incredibly durable and have a great likelihood of surviving a hurricane, tornado, fire, or debris that may have fallen or collapsed on it. Some things to consider putting in the safe are:

  • Valuables
  • Money
  • Important documents
  • Personal protection items
  • Life saving medications


Many of us fall short of being prepared so don't feel bad if you aren't prepared for the worst. I just ask that this serves as a reminder or eye-opener to work on getting prepared.

Some of us live in areas where disasters happen more frequently and some areas have their own unique disaster potential. If you are new to a particular region don't be afraid to speak up and ask your neighbors and emergency services workers about disaster preparedness unique to your area.

Disaster can strike anytime with or without a warning and it's up to us to be prepared to deal with it and our condition. As if disasters weren't hard enough already we still have to look out for diabetes. Stay safe and prepared.

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