Another year, another hurricane heading towards the south east. Hurricane Florence has been making its way across the Atlantic, slowly building strength. Here in North Carolina, classes have been canceled, labs have been shut down, and a number of students have fled to regions outside of Florence’s projected path. For many, hurricane preparedness means stocking up on water and food, but for someone living with type 1 diabetes, being without power for multiple days could mean a life or death situation without the proper preparation.
No matter where you live, you’re likely to be at risk at some point in your life for some kind of natural disaster. Whether it’s earthquakes, hurricanes, blizzards, or volcanic eruptions (I’ve seen them all), you should always have an emergency diabetes kit packed and ready to go.
As many of you probably know, stress and type 1 diabetes don’t exactly mix well, and can make controlling your blood glucose extremely challenging. The best way to minimize stress in these situations is to plan ahead and prepare.
The following is a good checklist to make sure you have your supplies in order in case of emergency.