Preparing For an Emergency

Do you have a plan in place for when the unexpected happens? Find tips and advice on how to prepare for managing T1D in an emergency.

In case of an emergency, below is a checklist of T1D supplies to pack with you or to keep in a kit. It is recommended to pack at least two weeks’ worth of the following supplies in a waterproof, insulated bag. It is important to keep supplies up to date.

  • Printed copy of all prescriptions
  • Printed copy of health insurance card
  • Emergency contact information
  • Record of insulin dosing recommendations such as: basal rates, insulin-to-carbohydrate ratios, and insulin sensitivity factor (a calculation of how much one unit of insulin lowers your blood-glucose levels)
  • Insulin
  • Syringes
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medicines
  • Extra blood glucose monitor
  • Test strips
  • Lancets
  • Insulin pump and/or CGM supplies (if needed)
  • Glucose tablets or other fast-acting carbohydrates for treating hypoglycemia
  • Extra device batteries
  • Glucagon kit
  • Ketone strips
  • Non-perishable foodstuffs (e.g., juice boxes, peanut butter, canned foods, crackers, shelf-stable milk)

Living With T1D

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Living with the burden of T1D can be overwhelming at times. But you’re never alone. The JDRF community has your back.