Our thoughts are with those in our community who are coping with the effects of Hurricane Harvey. We hope that you are safe and and have access to the diabetes supplies you need.
JDRF, American Diabetes Association and Insulin for Life
As part of our emergency response, JDRF is working with a number of diabetes organizations, most notably the American Diabetes Association and Insulin for Life USA. Insulin for Life is an organization that delivers insulin and testing supplies to people in need.
Through this partnership, Insulin for Life has secured and shipped more than 3,750 pounds of supplies to the Houston, Galveston, Harris County and Corpus Christi communities, which will arrive by Friday, September 1, 2017. The supplies include syringes, pen needles, alcohol pads, blood glucose meters, glucose test strips, lancets, and insulin—in both analogue and human insulins and vial and pen forms.
Where to find Insulin for Life supplies:
- The first delivery of one pallet is for immediate distribution by the Houston Health Department to evacuees with diabetes who are sheltered at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
- The second pallet will be distributed by Senator Larry Taylor’s office to the Galveston communities of Clear Creek, Friendswood, League City and Victory Lakes.
- Two pallets are being delivered to the Harris County Health Department.
- The fifth pallet is going to the City of Corpus Christi Health Department.
How to contribute:
If you would like to support this effort, you can donate diabetes supplies to Insulin for Life.
For those of you who need assistance, there are resources to help.
Hurricane Harvey Shelters
American Diabetes Association Hotline
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET
8:00 a.m. ET to 10:00 p.m. ET, Tuesday, August 29 through Friday, September 1
10:00 a.m. ET to 4:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, September 2
American Diabetes Association Resources
- Caring for People with Diabetes in Emergency Situations
- Tips for First Responders
- Tips for Emergency Preparedness
For those in urgent need who cannot access medicines through normal channels, please contact the Lilly call center at 1-800-Lilly-RX. Lilly is working with officials and Direct Relief International to distribute insulin and other medicines to victims who can’t get to pharmacies. Additionally, Lilly offers a product disaster replacement program for those whose insurance plans do not include a “disaster override” that can replace destroyed insulin. This program will offer a 30-day supply at no charge.
Novo Nordisk Program
Novo Nordisk is working on the ground with long-time disaster relief partner, AmeriCares, for product donations (including Novo Nordisk medicines). All inquiries should be directed to AmeriCares via 800-486-HELP.
City of Houston Emergency Information
- Live map of open shelters from the American Red Cross, or 1-800-733-2767
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and federal aid programs for Texas residents
- Department of HHS support services, HHS Disaster Distress Line 1-800-985-5990
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hurricane resources
- List of open pharmacies in the Houston area
- Texas Health and Human Services – call 211 for assistance
- The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies has a hotline, 1-800-626-4949, to help people with disabilities and the elderly to safety and provide immediate needs of durable medical equipment and supplies
- Americares is providing emergency support and services
- How to donate diabetes supplies to Insulin for Life
- List of Texas food banks
- South Texas Blood and Tissue Center – to find a South Texas location to donate blood, call 210-731-5590
- American Red Cross – for nationwide locations to donate blood or platelets
If you are facing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.