1) Make sure all of your cell phones are charged, and that you keep extra chargers for cell phones and CGMs on hand.
2) Purchase extra supplies. Backup glucose meters, device batteries, and insulin can make a world of difference in an emergency!
3) Keep nonperishable foods in a cool dry place. That means cans of tuna, peanut butter, and nonperishable (shelf) milk to help in case you’re stuck in the house.
4) Write down your emergency contacts. You may know these numbers like the back of your hand, but having a list can help if you’re unable to reach out yourself in times of emergency. Keep a list on hand (in a purse, perhaps) and one in the house.
5) Keep a copy of all of your prescriptions and their doses in case anyone else needs to take over. This will make resupplying much easier, and keep worries at bay.
6) Know where your quick-acting carbohydrates live, and make sure someone else knows too! This will help for extreme lows, if you’re unable to grab the glucose tabs or juice boxes yourself.
7) Do you have electric door openers? These can be great, but also dangerous during a power outage. Disengage them to ensure you have access to your home if the power dies.
8) Do you let the gas tank run low on your car? In emergencies, making sure you have a tank full of gas can be critical. Never let the tank dip below 1/3 full to help make sure you can get away easily.
9) Consider that stress has been known to raise blood sugar. Knowing your levels may rise unexpectedly can help you prepare for this potential high number.
10) Stay on track now to better prepare for unexpected events. Skipping meals, loading up on sugary foods, and derailing your own diet can be hazardous during emergency situations. By maintaining healthy blood sugar levels now, you can be better equipped to handle any situation.