Hurricane Preparedness and Dealing with Diabetes
When weather strikes, I'm always a bit nervous! Do I have enough food and batteries? And pet supplies for my fearless dogs, who lie in the bathroom during crisis, and enough gas in the car. I give my diabetes supplies a glance and then march off to the appropriate stores, inevitably forgetting something!
With hurricane Irene moving up toward our eastern coastline, it's a good time to review the appropriate measures in case of outages and closures. The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners sent this info this afternoon:
How to stay healthy during a hurricane from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP):
1) Make a list of health care providers with numbers: Don't just rely on your cell phone address book! You may not be able to charge your cell phone during power outages.
2) Check your prescriptions: Make sure that all prescriptions are filled in case your pharmacy is closed, the drug is out of stock or you can't get to the store. Have a list of current medications and any allergies you have on hand in case you need medical attention.
3) Read medication emergency usage recommendations: Make sure you research the emergency usage recommendations for your medications prior to a hurricane. You'll be surprised to see that some medications need to be kept at a certain temperature to be effective.
4) Keep identification and health insurance card handy: Make sure you have your identification and health insurance card with you at all times in case you need sudden medical attention.
5) Have a gallon of water on hand: It's extremely important to keep at least one gallon of water per person in your home. Dehydration, especially for senior citizens can cause serious health issues.
It's good advice and perfect timing!