Diabetes and Disasters: How To Manage Your Diabetes During Disasters
By Elisabeth Almekinder RN, BA, CDE 1 Comment
For years, I have been in the midst of disaster and shelter situations as a nurse for the State of South Carolina, and later North Carolina.
From Red Cross shelters, to special medical needs shelter, from hurricane, to tornado, to flood, Ive seen them all.
A disaster always takes you by surprise. Even if the news has been talking about the hurricane coming, until the tornado from the west side of it spins off and takes your home, you dont believe that it will ever happen to you.
Though this hurricane season is almost over, there are six weeks left to go, with an active Atlantic Ocean that seems to kick up a bigger monster hurricane every week. Hurricanes, and related flooding and tornados, are only a few of the natural or unnatural disasters we could encounter, where we might need emergency supplies for basic survival due to diabetes.
Earthquakes, ice storms, power outages from large thunderstorms, and even wars and terrorism, can present disaster situations. Currently in the United States, active shooter situations and terrorist related events have threatened the safety of some Americans.
The time is now to prepare for a disaster, no matter what it may be. When you have diabetes, there are certain things that you need to do to prepare and plan for any disaster that might come your way.
Ten days after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, devastating the island and leaving US citizens without power, food, or water, many are still waiting for relief.
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