Emergency and Disaster Planning

e•mer•gen•cy Noun: A serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action.

Emergency Sign iStock_000005602290SmallLife is fraught with potential dangers. A flash flood, tornado, earthquake, hurricane, wildfire, power outage or host of other random events can easily become dangerous or life-threatening, especially for people with diabetes.

A recent poll of dLife members, a network for people living with diabetes, revealed that 65% do not have an emergency diabetes kit ready. 53% percent said they thought about preparing a diabetes emergency kit but do not currently have one, and 12% said they don’t think they will ever need one.

That’s a big mistake!

If a disaster occurs in your community, local government and disaster-relief organizations will try to help you, but you need to be ready to help yourself as well. Local responders may not be able to reach you immediately, or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere.

Knowing how to respond to disasters that could occur in your area e.g. hurricanes, earthquakes, blizzards or extreme cold, flooding, tornado or wildfire can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters.

Because emergencies and disasters (by their nature) unfold quickly, it’s important for individuals and families to have an emergency plan (and kit) ready for such an eventuality. Preparing for an emergency before it occurs minimizes stress and danger.

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