“How To” video also available to guide emergency kit creation
Philadelphia-The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) and Lilly Diabetes have launched the “EmPower Diabetes Emergency Plan,” a new resource designed to help people with diabetes prepare for emergency situations, big or small. (Download at www.EmPowerYourHealth.org).
The EmPower Diabetes Emergency Plan represents a new phase for the program, previously known as the Diabetes Disaster Plan, originally launched by ACE and Lilly Diabetes in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina. The new plan extends beyond natural disasters and encourages people with diabetes to be prepared for other types of unexpected situations.
Natural disasters have already been prevalent in 2012, with a record-breaking number of tornadoes in the United States and more than 15,000 warm temperature records broken nationwide. These natural disasters are obvious emergencies, but even the unanticipated, everyday circumstance can become an emergency for people with diabetes if they find themselves without proper supplies or medication.
“The health of a person with diabetes depends on discipline, balance, and good decision-making – things that tend to suffer when stressed by an emergency,” says Dr. Lawrence Blonde, MD, FACP, FACE. “We hope the resources we’ve created, when implemented, will help people rest easier knowing that if they need to act, their emergency kit with the necessary supplies to maintain their health is ready. That way, they can focus on managing, or in some instances, surviving, the situation at hand-especially when seconds count.”
The new EmPower Diabetes Emergency Plan, available in both English and Spanish, comes in a tear-proof, waterproof format that folds into a credit card-sized brochure that’s easy to retrieve from a wallet or purse. To order hard copies of the checklist, visit www.EmPowerYourHealth.org.
In addition to the new checklist, ACE and Lilly Diabetes released a four-minute “how-to” video that showcases how quick and easy it is to prepare an emergency kit in advance. The clip provides step-by-step instruction based on checklist information and can be viewed by logging onto www.EmPowerYourHealth.org.
Some of the recommendations featured in the video include packing:
• A list of medications
• Prescription refills
• Healthcare professional contact information
• A separate supply of medications and testing supplies
• Food and water
To learn more about the campaign, download and order hard copies of the checklist, and view the video, please visit www.EmPowerYourHealth.org.