Prepping for an Emergency
We’ve learned a lot recently about what some people stock up on when facing an emergency. And while toilet paper is important, the items below are considered must-haves for those with diabetes.
- Enough diabetes supplies to last two weeks: Diabetes medications, insulin and supplies, lancets, glucose tablets, extra batteries for your meter or pump—whatever you use to control your diabetes.
- Sugar-free over-the-counter medicines for treating diarrhea, pain, indigestion, fever and colds if you get sick.
- Non-perishable foods with and without sugar that can help manage your blood sugar.
For Dr. Offenberger, emergency preparedness is more about inventory management than creating a specific diabetes emergency kit. Here are some of his tips:
- Ask the pharmacy to set your diabetes prescriptions up for a 3-month supply with automatic refill. And think about using a mail-order service, like Home Delivery From Express Script PharmacySM, to have your medicines automatically delivered to your door.
- Check your stock regularly. “Ordering diabetes supplies isn’t as easy as getting a prescription filled at the pharmacy, so it’s important not to wait until the last minute,” Dr. Offenberger says. “I set a reminder on my phone to take stock of my supplies. That way I can order whatever’s running low, check on orders already in progress and nudge things along if necessary.”
- Cycle your supplies, putting medication to the back of the stock as you receive it and moving what was already there to the front.