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Diabetes Emergency Preparedness Plan

It's important for people living with diabetes, particularly those who depend on insulin, to be adequately prepared in the event of the unthinkable. Over the years Mother Nature has produced intense, damaging storms resulting in loss of electricity and evacuation. The coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic has brought increased awareness about the need for emergency preparedness for people living with diabetes.

Diabetes Emergency Preparedness Kits

Putting together a diabetes emergency kit and having a plan will ensure that people with diabetes can effectively manage their blood sugar during an emergency situation or natural disaster.

Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition

The Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition (DDRC) was founded as a result of the combined efforts of JDRF, the American Diabetes Association, Insulin for Life USA, the Endocrine Society, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and T1D Exchange. 

Emergency Preparedness Plan

The DDRC has put together a patient preparedness plan that includes a checklist of supplies, information, and guidelines to best prepare people living with diabetes for the unexpected. 

Diabetes Emergency Plan PDF


The American Diabetes Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention remind us that people living with diabetes are more likely to experience severe symptoms and complications when infected with a virus. This does NOT mean a greater chance of contracting the virus.  

Diabetes and Coronavirus