We should all have an emergency kit for home and school to last 72 hours, and our school lets parents pack a kit to leave at school.
The earthquake, tsunami and radiation leaks in Japan leave me wondering what happens post 72 hours?
Can we assume children with diabetes will be evacuated or supplies will be brought in? What happens if you’re separated, and your child is at school and they only have the written plan and supplies on hand to go on? First responders and physicians will be pretty busy in the first 72 hours with critical issues. After than you’d think it would be possible to relocate or get critical supplies in.
I’ve wondered what to do if supplies were limited and hopes for evacuation or re-supply were bleak.
Insulin can last a month unrefrigerated (more or less) but without test strips you’re in the dark. We probably have a year’s worth of insulin on hand if we can keep it cold (easy enough where we live).
Syringes can be re-used for some time, so just need to ration them for a while. Insulin pump supplies and batteries could be stockpiled to some extent.
It seems hard to keep more than a couple of weeks of blood-glucose strips on hand, keeping a large amount at school may be difficult as well. Urine strips for glucose and ketones are cheap and last a while unopened, but it seems like managing diabetes without blood-glucose testing is probably a lost art.
What would you do? Stay mainly with basal (lantus, levemir) or NPH? Ration your blood glucose strips?Use urine test strips?