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  1. Allison Blass
    Allison Blass October 2, 2008 at 6:37 am | | Reply

    A diabetes emergency pack with back-up supplies is great and everyone should have this, but truth is, insulin does not die that quickly nor does it need to be refrigerated 24/7. If power goes out, insulin is perfectly fine being kept in a close fridge until power is restored. Keeping it in there will keep it cool enough and even if you had it sitting out for 2 or 3 days, there won’t be any damage unless it’s during a crazy heat wave (in which case, FRIO pack would help). Your milk and mayonnaise on the other, well, that’s a different story…

    The Well Alarm bracelet sounds great for those really rare, hard-to-understand diseases. Even having a charm with information about someone’s particular type 1 information (especially if they are on injections and don’t have a recorded history of insulin anywhere).

  2. Alex
    Alex October 2, 2008 at 7:32 am | | Reply

    I’ve got to agree with Allison that insulin does not necessarily need to be constantly refrigerated. I tend to refrigerate my Lantus since I usually take it at night when I’m already at home and near my refrigerator, but once I open the box on my Humalog it stays in my diabetes kit and never sees a refrigerator again. Luckily, I spend the vast majority of my time in refrigerated areas which probably helps.

    The FDA has some tips: http://www.fda.gov/CDER/emergency/insulin.htm.

    I guess the real concern is an emergency during hot summer days when you are unable to keep insulin in air conditioned or refrigerated conditions.

  3. Karin
    Karin October 2, 2008 at 7:49 am | | Reply

    I am admittedly an over packer–especially where my diabetes is concerned. My emergency pack is also my traveling pack. I keep a bag packed with lancets, cotton balls, syringes, alcohol swabs, an extra meter and lancing device and extra pods all ready to go for an out of town trip. I just add the missing elements before we leave. When I return home, the first thing I do is repack that bag. If some disaster did strike, I could grab that bag, the normal bag that I carry and the insulin out of the fridge and be good to go for at least a week, but if I was truly conserving supplies I could go two weeks with it.

  4. mollyjade
    mollyjade October 2, 2008 at 9:36 am | | Reply

    I’m going to disagree with Allison. I live in Baton Rouge, and after Gustav hit us, most of my area was without electricity for at least two weeks. It’s above 86 degrees (the safe temperature for insulin) about half of the year in Louisiana. And that includes most of hurricane season.

    I don’t know that an entire pre-made emergency kit is necessary, but if you live in the U.S. South or anywhere else where it’s hot a large part of the year, a frio is a good $15 investment. My emergency plan is to get out of town (I went to stay with a friend in another state), but that won’t always be an option.

  5. meg
    meg October 2, 2008 at 10:14 am | | Reply

    Don’t forget spare batteries for your meter and pump. And speaking from past hurricane experience, cash comes in really handy in an emergency!

  6. Beth
    Beth October 2, 2008 at 10:44 am | | Reply

    I agree with Meg, and I’ll add that batteries are especially important if you have an emergency when you’re in a foreign country – the specific kind your meter or pump uses may not be easily available!

    Now having said that, I’ll also admit that I have no “emergency kit” and I feel pretty lazy about making one since I’ve never been in a disaster since being diagnosed with diabetes. I have everything the kit above includes, even 2 Frios (which are awesome), I guess it’s just a matter of putting it all together in an easy to grab pack. Thanks for getting me thinking about it.

  7. Florian
    Florian October 4, 2008 at 6:59 am | | Reply

    For those who have expressed concern about the storage and activity of insulin, let me just say that before I was diagnosed with Type 1 in 1967 I use to carry and store my insulin in a normal functioning pancreas at 98.6 degrees farenheit.
    I don’t have an emergency kit but I do have a “Travel Kit” (a soft eyeglass case) that contains my meter, strips, lancets, insulin pen, and 4 glucose tablets. It attaches to my belt and is always with me.
    Today I store my Apidra insulin for my pump in a vial in the refrigerator until it’s ALL used up. I have 3 boxes of Humalog Pens in the fridge that I use and carry as a back up to sudden high blood sugars due to pump and infusion set/site problems. The EXP date on the Pens is JAN 08. The pen in my travel kit along with my meter and strips stays at room temperature and its been in the travel kit non refrigerated since 7/15/08. I’ve used it a few times to bring down high unexplained blood sugars and it has always worked. For me the insulin lasts a lot longer and remains active far beyond the expiration date. In an emergency situation I would definitely use whatever insulin I had with me. It works for me.

  8. Stephanie
    Stephanie October 4, 2008 at 10:23 am | | Reply

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  9. willi
    willi October 5, 2008 at 10:09 pm | | Reply

    The emergency pack is usual and all people round you must know how to use.
    But Insuline must it be everytime in the refrigerator ? why ?

  10. Nancy
    Nancy May 13, 2013 at 8:41 pm | | Reply

    Just came across this post, nearly five years later, and thought I would just update for anyone else interested in the Emergency Kit from http://www.diabetesandmore.com – it’s now $129.99 instead of $49. YIKES! I think I will just work on putting my own together…

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