Natural disaster and emergency plan
Preparing a diabetes emergency plan and kit can help you avoid life-threatening situations in an emergency or natural disaster.
No matter where you live in Australia, severe weather events and natural disasters can happen anytime—especially in summer. Whether you live in a bushfire zone, cyclone region or city, it’s important to have a diabetes emergency plan and kit so you can:
- self-manage your diabetes in the event of an emergency
- reduce the impact of the emergency
- recover more quickly after an emergency.
Read more in our:
Managing your diabetes in an emergency (DL-sized flyer)
This flyer explains how to use your emergency plan to help you manage your diabetes in an emergency.
Make a plan. Manage your diabetes in an emergency (A3-sized poster)
Preparing your diabetes emergency plan and kit helps you to self-manage your diabetes, prevent infection and avoid life-threatening situations before, during and after an emergency.
Your plan and kit will also help medical and emergency personnel by:
- providing them with information about your condition and medical history
- enabling them to focus on people who need immediate attention.
Why am I at greater risk during an emergency?
During an emergency, your body processes glucose differently. Stress, changes in levels of activity and limited access to your regular food mean you may need to adjust your medication during and after an emergency.
How to prepare your diabetes emergency plan
Use our resources below to help you plan and prepare for emergencies.
Find your natural disaster and emergency plan here:
My diabetes plan for natural disasters and emergencies (A4-sized)
The plan is also available in other languages (Arabic, Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, Turkish and Vietnamese).
The important information in this plan will help you to manage your diabetes during a natural disaster or emergency. The plan has space to write important contact numbers, your medication schedule and medical history and has a checklist for preparing a diabetes emergency kit.
Prepare your plan and kit. Keep it in a safe place and up-to-date. Take your kit with you if you need to leave at short notice.
Commonly asked questions about the emergency plan, checklist and kit.
Emergency guide for emergency services, local councils, and the not-for-profit sector
- The needs of people with diabetes and other chronic conditions in natural disasters and emergencies: a guide for emergency services, local councils and the not-for-profit sector
This guide is for organisations and personnel who deal with natural disasters and emergencies during the planning stages such as local disaster management groups (local council) as well as those who deal with ‘on-the-ground’ situations after a natural disaster has occurred, for instance, those managing evacuation centres.