Being Prepared for a Natural Disaster is Critical for Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes

being prepared for a natural disaster when you have type 2 diabetes

Managing type 2 diabetes is difficult enough under ideal circumstances. However, things can become even more challenging when the power goes out or a person runs out of testing supplies and medications. Don't let this happen to you. Be prepared in case Hurricane Mathew decides to land on thee east coast, here are some tips to help you be prepared.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, the diabetes resource site dLife surveyed its members about how prepared they are to manage their condition under challenging circumstances in the future. The results showed that few are as ready as they should be.

Among the survey's respondents, 65 percent said they do not have an emergency diabetes kit prepared for when the power goes out or they are unable to get to their doctor's office or pharmacy. This is despite the fact that 53 percent of these individuals admitted to having thought about putting together such a kit.

Emergency Must Haves

The group says that an emergency diabetes management kit should include any testing supplies and medications a person with type 2 diabetes needs. This should be stored in a water-proof container. Additionally, individuals should have set aside one gallon of water for each day a disaster may last as well as a stock of non-perishable food items.

"Having a plan and a kit in place for emergencies is so important for people with diabetes," says Paula Ford-Martin, a dLife editor. "Since Katrina and now Irene, we have heard of unfortunate and unnecessary situations in which people with diabetes were separated from their vital supplies, medications or food."

She added that most people ignore necessary disaster preparations until a storm or other event is imminent. However, beginning efforts to prepare oneself ahead of time may make things much easier. Taking these precautions could play an important role in effective disease management during a natural disaster for individuals with type 2 diabetes.

Updated on: August 1, 2017
Updated on: August 1, 2017