Disaster Prepping for Diabetics

Diabetic prepper getting Blood sugar level tested

In the wake of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and Sandy, the importance of preparedness for people with diabetes, particularly those living with type 1 diabetes, becomes starkly evident.

The challenges faced in these scenarios underscore the need for a well-thought-out 3 day plan covering everything from medication management to meal planning. This guide aims to encompass all aspects of diabetic prepping, ensuring safety during emergencies.

Diabetes Medication

Medication and Diabetes Supplies Management:

For those dependent on insulin, such as individuals with type 1 diabetes, ensuring a steady supply is critical. Key strategies include:

  • Prescription Stocking: Secure prescriptions in advance and consider using international pharmacies for additional stash.
  • Insulin Storage: Keep insulin refrigerated. In the absence of electricity, consider using a 12v refrigerator in a camper or car battery-powered cooler to keep things chilled.
  • Backup Supplies: Always have backup supplies like lancets, strips for your glucose meter, and extra batteries or a battery charger for your devices.

Emergency Kits:

An emergency kit for someone with diabetes should include:

  • Medications: Insulin (if required), oral diabetes medications, and any other prescription drugs.
  • Blood Sugar Management Tools: Glucose meter, test strips, lancets, and a charger.
  • Food Supplies: Low-carb snacks, tubes of cake icing for possible lows, and non-perishable items like whole grains and canned goods. Picking the right storage container is crucial. 
  • Hydration: Store enough water to stay hydrated, especially during hot or seasonal conditions.
diabetic prepper emergency kit

Diabetic Dietary Considerations:

Developing a low-carb or ketogenic meal plan can be beneficial for managing blood glucose levels during emergencies. Consider packing:

  • Non-perishable Low Carb Foods: Nuts, seeds, canned fish, and meats. Make note of when they expire. Rice and Beans are a must-have in your prepper store!
  • Fresh Options: If possible, include fresh low-starch vegetables like salad in a bowl for nutrient intake.
  • Carbohydrate Monitoring: Keep track of the amount of carbs in each meal, and ensure options for those trying to maintain a ketogenic or low-carb diet.

Exercise and Activity Management:

Maintaining physical activity is crucial. Resistance bands can provide a great way to maintain strength and flexibility when access to traditional gym equipment is limited.

They are lightweight, portable, and can provide a full-body workout. Some exercises you can do with resistance bands include bicep curls, shoulder presses, squats, lunges, and tricep extensions.

In addition, bodyweight exercises such as push-ups, squats, lunges, planks, and burpees can be effective in maintaining strength and cardiovascular fitness. These exercises require minimal space and no equipment, making them suitable for a camp or shelter setting.

Prepper exersie equipment

Long-Term Storage and Prepping:

For prolonged emergencies, consider:

  • Freezer Storage: Use a freezer to store insulin, but ensure it doesn’t get below freezing point (32 degrees F).
  • Gardening: Start a garden for sustainable food sources, focusing on low-carb, high-nutrient produce.
  • Stockpiling: Build a stash of diabetes supplies for a 3-4 weeks’ supply at a minimum.

Special Considerations for Different Types of Diabetes:

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes require different approaches:

  • Type 1 Diabetes: Life with type 1 diabetes might even require a more extensive supply of insulin and equipment like a basal insulin pump.
  • Type 2 Diabetes: Focus on stocking foods that align with a low-carb diet, and be aware of the need to add more whole grains and less starchy foods.
prepppers supporting eachother

Support for Loved Ones:

Natural disasters and emergencies are unpredictable, If you have a loved one with diabetes, consider:

  • Packing for Them: Include their supplies in your emergency kit.
  • Educating Yourself: Understand their food plan and medication schedule, and the complexities of living with diabetes. 
  • Stay Informed: Be aware of situations like power outages or limited access to pharmacies that could impact your preparedness plan.

Consultation with Healthcare Providers:

Always ask your doctor for personalized advice regarding medicinal adjustments or diet changes in emergency scenarios. Your life, and helping people, depend on the right information and preparedness.

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