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People with diabetes should prepare for hurricanes


PENDER COUNTY -- Along with preparing your home for a hurricane people with medical conditions should also prepare themselves. Pender County Hospital is offering classes for diabetics on self managing their condition during a disaster.

In the instance of a hurricane it's essential for diabetics to have a copy of their medical history, extra insulin or pills -- and plenty of carbohydrates.

The class also gives tips on preparing and storing meals and medication.

Diabetes educator Maureen Drake said, "It takes some extra steps to manage diabetes, scheduling meals, scheduling medication. If a person is on insulin that insulin needs to be stored correctly so that it's not affected."

You should safely store the following medical supplies or have them readily available:

  • copy of your emergency information and medical list
  • extra copies of prescriptions
  • insulin or pills (include all medications you take daily including over the counter medications)
  • syringes
  • alcohol swabs
  • cotton balls & tissues
  • a meter to measure blood
  • blood sugar diary
  • insulin pump supplies
  • strips for your meter
  • urine ketone testing strips
  • lancing device and lancets
  • quick-acting carbohydrates
  • longer lasting carbohydrates
  • glucagon emergency kit
  • empty hard plastic water bottle with cap to dispose used lancets and syringes

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