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Emergency Preparedness Guide for People With Diabetes
November 22, 2020 /

Emergency Preparedness Guide for People With Diabetes

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If we look at the signs that nature gives us, we cannot say that we are not warned of impending disasters.  Storms in Slovenia, floods and fires in Dalmatia are just some of the many “interesting and attractive” situations.  Although, Croatia is not a characteristic country for natural disasters, they are inevitable and happen.  Therefore, we bring you a list of things you should have with you in case of crisis situations, with special emphasis on diabetes.  A crisis situation can last one day, three days, and maybe much longer, of course it is impossible to prepare for everything.  Still, putting in a little effort to have at least a few days of self-sufficiency shouldn’t be a problem, and it could pay off greatly.

 The basic equipment for each person should be a lamp, a battery, canned food that is not easily perishable, water, other special foods and hygiene products.

 In addition, we suggest that you consider the following items:

Power generator

 We know it sounds excessive, but if you have the opportunity to invest in something like that, it can be very helpful during a disaster or at least know which of your loved ones have it.  Public services will try to restore access to the electricity network as soon as possible, but until then it is necessary to have access to information that you can usually find out via a mobile device or radio.  In addition, the generator can also power the small heatsink you use for your insulins.  A convenient option to use are also the popular cell phone rechargeable batteries.  A good portion of them come with charging options via USB or with other ports at 3/5/9 / 12V.

 

 Kit for people with diabetes

 ASweetLife brings an overview of the most necessary things you need to have in your bag as a person with diabetes:

  1. Plastic containers, ideal with handle for portability
  2. Glucometer and strips for glucometer, lancet and lancets
  3. Ketones and urine glucose test strips
  4. cotton wool + alcohol (although many of you have forgotten about alcohol, this is actually important for a number of other reasons)
  5. syringes
  6. Insulin foams and needles for them
  7. Insulin pump kit (sets, tanks, serter, batteries for at least 3 changes)
  8. Glucose tablets
  9. Carbohydrate meal
  10. Glucagon kit
  11. Small scissors
  12. Waterproof tape
  13. Baby oil or glue remover
  14. First aid kit
  15. Boxes or bags that keep the temperature
  16. Lamp
  17. Water
  18. Protein bars and other snacks

 

Waterproof bag

It is advisable to pack all the listed items in a waterproof box, bag or DryBag.  These are waterproof bags that are quick and easy to pack.  You can look for them in sporting goods stores, stores that hold nautical equipment or online.

 You drink water like crazy, and you don’t know what H2O is!

One of the most important items that is often overlooked: more than enough water.  Extremely important for people with diabetes who need to be constantly hydrated.  Energy or protein bars are also a great idea to have with water.

 

Cooling batteries

 Temperature-storing boxes and bags can only maintain the desired temperature for a certain period of time.  It is recommended to have “batteries” that freeze or dry ice, but again make sure that they are in a waterproof bag or a bag with a zipper for the refrigerator.  Note that insulin is found in a cold environment, but not in a frozen one!

 Cooler bags

 The cooler bag can be used in a million ways.  We recommend them for keeping medical and hygienic products, but also for keeping the technology away from moisture.  In supermarkets, you can look for freezer bags that have a zip on top.  If you insert moisture-collecting bags, your technique can be perfectly preserved from water with a properly tied bag.

 

 Instructions for using the glucometer

 Although you do not need to wear them directly, it is recommended that you read the operating instructions of the glucometer in extreme conditions.  Examine what to do and what to look for in high or low temperatures, humidity, or other circumstances.

Dry clothes

 Since it is in a waterproof bag, it is always useful to wipe or change clothes in humid conditions.

 Medical documentation

 It is also recommended to have a copy of medical documentation such as a list of drug approvals, special findings or anything you think is needed in an emergency.  In addition, it is desirable to have a pen or pen that writes.

 Hygienic products

 In the event of floods and other disasters, hygiene is extremely important.  Various infections can develop during or after a disaster, so it is advisable to have disinfectant or sterilization fluids, soap, alcohol (not for drinking) and other hygiene products in your bag.  Stores that sell hygiene products also offer alcohol-based hand sanitizers and we recommend them as part of your bag.  In addition, insert tissues, cotton swabs or other fabrics you use.

Food products

Fast-acting carbohydrates that do not spoil are a must.  There are various biscuits that can stand for a very long time if they are not opened.  Therefore, study them and be sure to add them to glucose tablets in case of hypoglycemia.

 “Whistle”

 One of the very useful things in your bag is almost the cheapest, and it can save lives: a whistle.  If you think it’s silly to have it in your bag, remember the scene from the Titanic when Rose eventually survives due to the whistle!  Any sports shop will surely have a whistle, try to look for those without balls that are extremely loud.

 Backup set of clothes

 It is advisable to have an extra bag of spare clothes especially if you are away from your home for a few days.  Lightweight, quick-drying clothes, underwear, waterproof shoes and a spare pair of socks.  Wear functional clothing that does not place an additional burden on you.

 Tools

Here we do not think of a tool as for mechanics, but of a tool that is welcome in an unforeseen situation.  In addition to the famous Swiss Army Knives, there are pliers like pliers in the picture that contain a number of tools and knives that are useful for smaller actions.  They are not difficult and can help you tremendously in a variety of situations.

 Conclusion?

 Natural disasters can occur at any time and are neither guilty nor obligated to put you in an undesirable position.  This ensures that you can function normally, and you can help others if or when they find themselves in a similar situation.  When you put everything listed in one pile, it feels like a lot of products in one place.  Think for yourself what you think would be useful to have in one place if you happen to have to leave your home immediately and be away for a few days. 

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