In the event of a natural disaster there can be serious impacts on the ability to manage appropriate self-care for those living with diabetes and other chronic conditions. Planning ahead reduces the risk of diabetes-related infections and life-threatening situations.
Helpful resources have been developed by the Disaster Planning and Management National Development Programme. Please click on the links below to access the resources.
My Diabetes Emergency Plan
The Diabetes Emergency Plan, available for download here, is a leaflet containing important information that will help you keep managing your diabetes during a natural disaster or emergency.
The Plan lists your medical details and important contacts and has a checklist for preparing a Diabetes Emergency Kit.
Managing Your Diabetes in an Emergency is a companion flyer available for download here that explains how to use the Plan and how it can help people self-manage their diabetes in an emergency.
An A3 poster is also available for download here to promote the resources and tell people where they can get them. It includes contact details and a Quick Response Code that links directly to the National Diabetes Services Scheme website.
Preparing a Diabetes Emergency Plan and Diabetes Emergency Kit and keeping them up to date will:
- Help prevent infection and avoid life-threatening situations by equipping you to self-manage diabetes in an emergency.
- Ensure medical and emergency services have the right information about your condition and medical history if you need treatment.
Being able to self-manage diabetes during and after an emergency also helps others because medical staff can focus on people who need immediate attention.