EmPower Diabetes Emergency Plan

EmPower Diabetes Emergency Plan

Prepare a portable, insulated and waterproof diabetes emergency kit that contains the following items:

  • List of the following information:
    • Type of diabetes
    • All of your medical conditions, allergies and prior surgeries
    • All of your medical conditions, allergies and prior surgeries
    • All medications (include pharmacy contact information, active prescription information and eligible refills)
    • Previous diabetes medications and reason for discontinuation
    • Contact information for all your healthcare providers
  • Letter from your diabetes healthcare providers with most recent diabetes medication regimen (especially if taking insulin)
  • Most recent laboratory results (especially A1C, kidney and liver tests)
  • As possible, a 30-day supply of all medications taken by mouth or injection for diabetes as well as all other medical conditions
    • Include insulin and a severe hypoglycemia emergency kit–if prescribed (always check expiration date)
  • Blood glucose testing supplies and, if possible, 2 glucose meters with extra batteries
  • A cooler for 4 refreezable gel packs, insulin and unused injectable medications to be added when ready to go
    • Note: Do not use dry ice and avoid freezing the medication
  • Empty plastic bottles or sharps containers for syringes, needles and lancets
  • Source of carbohydrate to treat hypoglycemic reactions (For example, glucose tablets, 6 oz juice boxes, glucose gel, regular soda, sugar, honey or hard candy)
  • A 2-day supply of nonperishable food (For example, peanut butter or cheese crackers, meal replacement shakes or bars, etc.)
  • At least a 3-day supply of bottled water
  • Pen/pencil and notepad to record blood sugar, other test results and any new signs/symptoms suggesting medical problems
  • First aid supplies like bandages, cotton swabs, dressings and topical medications (antibiotic ointments or creams)

Other recommendations:

  • Wear shoes at all times and examine your feet often for cuts, sores, red spots, swelling, blisters, calluses and infected toenails or any unusual condition
  • Make sure that all vaccinations, including tetanus, are up-to-date
  • Pack extra comfortable clothing, including undergarments
  • Take a mobile phone with an extra charger or extra batteries for you and family members
  • Choose a designated meeting place in case you are separated from your family and are unable to reach them by phone
  • For more information about preparing your diabetes supplies for an emergency, watch our "How to Pack Your Kit" video.