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Southeast Minnesota recently experienced historic flooding. Many families were rousted out of bed in the middle of the night and had to evacuate their homes. Some were not able to return to their homes after work. Others lost their homes and some are still living in hotels until their homes are habitable again.
No matter what part of the world you live in, sooner or later chances are that you will experience a natural disaster whether it is an earthquake, flooding, hurricane, tornado, blizzard, ice storm, or fire, etc. Are you prepared to leave your house in a hurry, or live at home with no power or running water?
You may be unable to communicate with others or have a way to buy groceries or get to a pharmacy. It's never too early to plan ahead. Emergency preparedness is important for everyone, but if you have diabetes, it involves a little more planning. Here are the basics for collecting and storing the supplies needed to be self-sufficient if necessary:
Take action now to assess and prepare for emergency situations. With adequate supplies of food, water, ways to keep warm (or cool), and supplies to take care of your diabetes, you can survive and stay healthy through all sorts of situations.
Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.
Peggy Moreland, R.N.
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Jan 10,11,17,31,2011-throwing up, nearly blacking out, blurry vision, shakes, low blood sugars to low normal blood sugars.Went to dr and was sent to ER to see if I had a stroke. That was ruled out Tests came back ok. ER doc said I had a virus. NO - I didn't!! Well when you have a virus you don't throw up only at midnight/With bed time snack! I am 58 yrs old and I know my body better than that. ER doc was very condensending.
Thank you for writing about the FRIO and highlighting its importance in the emergency preparation for any insulin dependent diabetic. Lisa Katzki, RN, BSN
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