emergency kit

Emergency Supplies List

emergency kit

For those of us who don’t live in hurricane paths or in earthquake zones, the idea of needing any sort of “emergency kit” for diabetes supplies seems a waste of time.  Recent world events have shown us otherwise. 

In Canada, we have seen the speed with which forest fires have spread through the Okanogan and the devastation they leave behind.  On the east coast, we have witnessed the destruction that flooding can cause and have seen many friends evacuated from their homes at a moments notice.

With that in mind, Diabetes Advocacy felt that we should all seriously consider creating our own Emergency Packs no matter where you live–no matter how much you think this will never happen in your area it just might!  

Examples of items for your Diabetes Emergency Kit

  • Frio packs and cooler 
  • Batteries–for meter, pump and flashlight 
  • Packaged crackers and cheese/peanut butter 
  • Flashlight 
  • Candles and matches 
  • Extra glucose meter, extra insulin(s), glucagon, syringes, lancets, blood test strips, ketone test strips (blood or urine), alcohol wipes, insulin pump supplies (if you use a pump) 
  • Non-diabetes medication such as anti-nausea and anti-diarrhea medication 
  • Put a minimum of two weeks worth of supplies and medications in a Ziploc storage bag or any waterproof storage bag. 
  • Emergency glucose such as unopened glucose tablets 
  • General first aid kit  
  • Bottled water 
  • Supply of non-perishable foods and handheld can opener if you have canned goods 
  • Copies of all prescriptions 
  • Emergency telephone numbers including that of your physicians 
  • Cash–bills, coin or both  
  • Blankets 

Emergency Supplies Checklist

ITEM
EXPIRATION DATE
Alcohol Wipes

Anti-Diarrhea Medicine

Anti-Nausea Medicine

Batteries for Flashlights

Batteries for Ketone Testing Meter (Precision Extra)

Batteries for Meter

Bottled Water (7 gallons per person)

Can-Opener

Candles 

Cash (both bills and coins)

Cell Phone Charger or Extra Battery for Cell Phone

Cold Storage Container, or Cooler

Disposable Plates and Utensils

Emergency Contact Numbers for the Doctor and Diabetes Team

Emergency Family Contact Numbers (outside of your area)

Extra Blood Glucose Meter

Extra Blood Glucose Test Strips

First Aid Kit

Flashlights

Frio Pack

Gatorade Powder

Glucagon

Glucose Tablets, or other emergency glucose

House Key

Insulin Pump Batteries

Insulin Pump Cartridges

Insulin Pump Sites, and Tubing

Ketone Testing Meter (Precision Extra)

Ketone Testing Strips (blood)

Ketone Testing Strips (urine)

Lancets

 Matches (Strike Anywhere) in a Waterproof Container

Non-Perishable Foods

****Canned Goods

****Granola Bars

****Peanut Butter

Pain Relief Medicine

Paper Towels

Pet Food and Water

Plastic Tarps and Ponchos

Pre-Made Ice

Pre-Paid Long Distance Phone Cards

Prescription Copies (diabetes supplies, other meds, glasses etc.)

Sleeping Bags and Blankets

Syringes

Updated Diabetes Management Plan