Diabetic Tips For Surviving a Natural Disaster

Diabetic Tips For Surviving A Cyclone Or FloodingIts coming to Cyclone season again here in Australia, and the government is giving out warning messages to prepare for the stormy season.

Having also had two years of bad flooding and severe fires in Brisbane and other parts of Australia its time to think about being prepared.

Have a plan:

If you have a plan and everyone in the family is involved then you are more likely to stay calm in an emergency.

Run through the plan a few times to ensure everyone is confident they know what to do.

Arrange a place to meet in case you get separated from each other.

Emergency Supplies:

Here in Australia you can go up to 3 days before help can arrive, so a minimum of 3 days supply of medical supplies including medication for your diabetes.

Include things like:

Extra batteries, a quick acting source of glucose which needs to be stored in a waterproof container with your other supplies. A torch.

Diabetes-Disaster-ContainerKeep the items in a marked container that is easy to reach in an emergency.

Emergency Contacts:

Make sure you ave a list of emergency contacts both on your mobile and written just in case your mobile stops working.

If you are the parent of a child that you might not be with when the emergency happens ensure who ever is looking after them knows about Diabetes and your child’s individual situation and who the emergency contacts are and where you would plan to meet.

Shelters:

Shelters are provided often in emergencies, when you arrive ensure you tell the people running it that you are a diabetic and supply any other information that is important.

Find where water is available at the shelter and drink often to stay hydrated.

Heat & Humidity:

In Australia it is often hot and humid when in storm season and this can damage your glucose meter and your test strips, so read the instructions carefully in case their are different instructions for heat and humidity.

Try to keep your supplies cool and out of the sun, do not allow them to freeze either, keep them away from ice.

Hygiene:

Carry some medicated wipes in case there is no running water as you want to avoid getting an infection or ill when you test your blood sugar levels or if you have a wound that you must treat.

Water: In a disaster there might not be safe water to drink, you can buy products that when added to water make it safe to drink.

Stay out of flood water as there are hidden things floating beneath the surface which can damage you and cause an infection, and the water itself is probably contaminated.

Test Meters:

Some test meters are available that have test strips that do not expire.

Below is a video covering Diabetes in a Disaster: