My husband and I retired to Tiburon (Marin County), California from Florida this past May to be close to our only son and his wife and our 3 grandchildren. Tiburon is across the bay from San Francisco, and right in the middle of that infamous earthquake zone, the San Andreas Fault. I was born and raised in Florida and have survived and evacuated from many hurricanes. However earthquakes really frighten me because there is no warning. I have been Type 1, insulin dependent for 62 years and on a pump since 2014. I am now preparing and outfitting our home and car for an earthquake. This is what I have come up with regarding my insulin vials, their safekeeping and keeping them cold. Please jump in with your suggestions. Our climate has changed so drastically worldwide with so many natural catastrophes that I would truly appreciate what you have to offer. Perhaps you have been through a natural disaster and will share your experiences with protecting your insulin and supplies.
I have purchased an extra large Frio wallet to soak, unbox and store my vials in the refrigerator constantly. I realize they will have to be soaked periodically to prevent them from drying out. Does this sound logical, to keep Frio bags continually in use in the refrigerator? I’m assuming that the moment an earthquake hits I will be able to grab the Frio bag along with my backpack that contains. my insulin pump supplies, syringes, CGM., other meds. I have stockpiled, water and Welch’s Fruit Snacks for lows and run outside. Of course, I have no way of consistently maintaining a Frio bag in the car. In addition I have stored food and other survival gear in dry wall buckets from Home Depot.
Your input and experiences with insulin in a disaster would be greatly appreciated.