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Natural disasters can occur at any time so it is important to have a personal emergency kit available. Include at least 2 to 4 weeks' supply in your kit and check the expiry dates every 3 months.

Checklist: what to include in your emergency kitEmergency kit for diabetics

  • Oral medication
  • Sterigel
  • Blood glucose strips and meter
  • Optium blood ketone test strips and meter (Type 1 Diabetes)
  • Spare meter batteries
  • Insulin – long/short acting. Replace the insulin every 2-3 weeks to avoid it expiring
  • Syringes / insulin pen and pen needles
  • Hypo treatment – e.g. Glucose tablets and muesli bar
  • Glucagon hypokit (Type 1 Diabetes)
  • Cartridges/reservoirs/ Infusion sets with cannulas (Insulin pumps)
  • Alcohol wipes or IV/Skin Prep/tape/spare pump batteries (Insulin pumps)
  • An up-to date list of your medications, insulin and doses
  • An up-to date list of your basal rates, carb ratios and ISF and targets (Insulin pumps)
  • Emergency phone numbers – diabetes nurse and/or physician, GP, pharmacy, pump representative, next of kin

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Last updated 13 February 2017.