As the 2018 hurricane season moves into full swing, JDRF and other leading diabetes organizations have joined forces through the Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition (DDRC) to ensure that people with diabetes have the support, insulin and supplies they need in advance of a major storm.
The DDRC is urging all people with diabetes and their loved ones in vulnerable locations to prepare by putting together a diabetes kit and plan to stay safe.
- An overview of resources, including a list of Red Cross shelters, a diabetes hotline and a way to donate supplies to people in need is available here.
- The DDRC has developed a patient preparedness plan that instructs people with diabetes to put together a kit with life-saving supplies.
Last year, JDRF announced a partnership to provide emergency support to the diabetes communities affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and the DDRC was later formed in response to serve as a coalition of organizations with a direct interest in serving the needs of the diabetes community and play a role in planning and executing insulin supply chains and public awareness during national disasters.
Along with JDRF, the DDRC includes the American Diabetes Association, Insulin for Life USA, American Association for Clinical Endocrinologists, American Association for Diabetes Educators, Beyond Type 1, Endocrine Society, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and T1D Exchange.