How to Switch Insulins During a Natural Disaster


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The Diabetes Disaster Relief Coalition (DDRC), a coalition of diabetes organizations and corporate and philanthropic partners, is providing information and support specifically for people with diabetes and healthcare providers on how to prep for and ride out major weather events. T1D Exchange is part of a handful of diabetes organizations that make up this coalition, which receives support from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and several diabetes-centered companies.

As part of that mission, the Coalition has crafted a quick guide for medical care providers on how to manage insulin therapy during the course or aftermath of a disaster. The guide walks providers, who may not be familiar with insulin therapy, how to manage blood sugar levels with the insulin available from relief agencies, even if it’s not the insulin therapy typically followed by patients affected by the storm. 

You can find the guide below. You can also download it by clicking here: Switching-Between-Insulin-Products-in-Emergencies-8.24.18-2.

The American Diabetes Association also will have a helpline for people with diabetes affected by storms. You can call contact the Call Center at 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET. If you are a healthcare provider in an affected city and need diabetes supplies, please call the ADA supply request hotline at 1-314-INSULIN (314-467-8546 ), Mon.-Fri. from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET.

The DDRC will be providing updates during disasters on their Facebook page at

Glu is published by T1D Exchange, a non-profit dedicated to improving care and accelerating therapies for people affected by type 1 diabetes.

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