Healthy Living

Natural Disaster Emergency Checklist for Diabetics

Sanitation and Personal Hygiene Products

To avoid infections hands should be washed as much as possible if adequate water is available and if not antibacterial wipes or gel can be used. Reusable items such as scissors and tweezers need to be sanitized as well using the same methods. There should be several large trash bags in the kit to aid in disposal of food waste products as well as used medicinal items that are not sharps, these should be disposed of in sharps containers only.

Personal Hygiene Products

In a disaster personal hygiene should never go out the window, it’s easy to think that this perhaps the least important thing. However, poor hygiene can lead to infections and illness. Human feces in particular is seventy-five percent water and the rest is made up of the bacteria that helps to digest food, in that vein an emergency kit should contain toilet paper. Poor dental health exacerbates diabetes so a toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash should also be included along with deodorant and soap for at the very least spot cleaning if a full bath or shower is not possible. Sanitary items such as tampons or pads for women should also be included.