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Table 2—

Disaster preparations for people with diabetes

1. Obtain good diabetes education that emphasizes self-management skills and stress management. 
2. Be up-to-date with all immunization, including tetanus. 
3. Keep a waterproof and insulated disaster kit ready with 
    • A list of items to pack during an evacuation: 
Glucose testing strips, lancets, and a glucose testing meter 
Medications, including insulin, etc. 
Syringes 
Glucose tabs or gels 
Antibiotic ointments/creams for external use 
Glucagon emergency kits 
Prepackaged snacks 
    • A list of contacts for national organizations, such as ADA through their help lines or the Internet. 
    • Photocopies of relevant medical information, particularly recent lab tests/procedures, if available. 
    • Up-to-date information on all oral medications and insulin, regarding formulation and dosing. (If possible, have the prescription number available. Many chain pharmacies throughout the country may be able to refill based on the prescription number alone. This should be reviewed and replenished at least twice yearly.) 
4. Evacuate early, if possible, taking the items listed above with you. 
1. Obtain good diabetes education that emphasizes self-management skills and stress management. 
2. Be up-to-date with all immunization, including tetanus. 
3. Keep a waterproof and insulated disaster kit ready with 
    • A list of items to pack during an evacuation: 
Glucose testing strips, lancets, and a glucose testing meter 
Medications, including insulin, etc. 
Syringes 
Glucose tabs or gels 
Antibiotic ointments/creams for external use 
Glucagon emergency kits 
Prepackaged snacks 
    • A list of contacts for national organizations, such as ADA through their help lines or the Internet. 
    • Photocopies of relevant medical information, particularly recent lab tests/procedures, if available. 
    • Up-to-date information on all oral medications and insulin, regarding formulation and dosing. (If possible, have the prescription number available. Many chain pharmacies throughout the country may be able to refill based on the prescription number alone. This should be reviewed and replenished at least twice yearly.) 
4. Evacuate early, if possible, taking the items listed above with you. 
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