From the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Living with diabetes requires a lot of scheduling and planning, so emergencies or natural disasters can be a big problem. Be prepared for emergency situations with these resources.
- Being Prepared for a Disaster When You Have Diabetes[PDF-167KB]Use this tip sheet to help you build a plan, gather supplies, and know how to reach out for help in case you experience a disaster. Learn how to get prepared in your state and city.
- Diabetes Disaster Preparedness[PDF-210KB]This booklet provides guidance for how to be prepared for emergency situations with helpful tips about managing medications, food intake, and specific situations you might experience.
- Be PreparedThis website provides information on how to deal with different kinds of emergencies and on insulin, drugs, and diabetes equipment.
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By Sarah Smith ProPublica
Three months after record floods swept through Louisiana in March, the government officials in charge of disaster response set up a post-mortem with area Red Cross staffers.
The meeting’s purpose: Airing officials’ many complaints with the charity’s performance.
“Basically, during the Miss. River flooding and the recent severe weather events, most of the Parishes who reached out to the American Red Cross were not happy with the assistance they received or did not get some or any assistance that was requested from them,” a parish emergency manager wrote in an email eliciting the specifics of local officials’ experiences.
He compiled their responses into a page of talking points for the June 28 meeting. Among the most common gripes: That there had been so much turnover at the Red Cross that government emergency managers didn’t know who to call for assistance; that Red Cross staffers didn’t call emergency managers back; and that the Red Cross didn’t provide enough shelter support.
“American Red Cross was a HUGE disappointment,” Dawn Williams, the emergency manager for Richland Parish, said in a May 24 email responding to the call-out. “They made commitments that they didn’t keep and then chastised us for rejecting them. Nothing was resolved from our numerous sit-down meetings we had with [the American Red Cross] and their representatives.” [Read more…]
By Abe Aboraya
Kaiser Health News
Mario Perez lives in Miami, but he was in Orlando for a housewarming party Saturday, June 11. After the party, the 34-year-old went to the Pulse nightclub for Latin night.
At 2 a.m., he heard gunshots. Loud. He knew it was real.
“And the minute he started shooting, I got hit from the side, I got grazed by a bullet,” Perez said. “My first instinct was to fall to the floor, that’s what you’re taught to do.”
He heard gunshot after gunshot after gunshot — too many to count. But then there was a brief break in the firing, and Perez ran out the back of the club. He hid inside the kitchen of a nearby 7-Eleven until police and paramedics showed up. He was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, and was at the emergency room from 3 a.m. until 8 a.m.
The gunshot wound on his side is purple and swollen, and he has nerve damage from the bullet fragment. He cut his elbow from glass on the floor of the nightclub and needed six stitches. Perez doesn’t know how much bills coming from specialists, X-rays and tests might cost him. But his bill from Orlando Regional Medical Center’s emergency department is $20,000.
“$20,000,” Perez said. “That’s the quote, that’s what they told me.” [Read more…]