Guatemala Disaster Relief

6/5/18
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Guatemala – On Sunday, June 3, 2018, the Volcán de Fuego in Guatemala began its eruptive phase, making it the most violent eruption for the country in a century. Located approximately 50 kilometers from the Guatemalan capital, the volcano has affected primarily Sacatepéquez, Escuintla, and Chimaltenango. The death toll is now 110 people with 192 missing and with thousands displaced. If you are in Guatemala and the affected area or are looking to help those impacted by this natural disaster, here are the best aid resources.

Our commitment to the global diabetes community is always to provide ways to help in times of crisis. We are in constant communication with contacts in Guatemala, and they are helping us provide the necessary information to support recovery efforts. This page will be updated as we receive new information.

Updated 6/11/2018 7pm Eastern)

If you’re in Guatemala, near the Volcán de Fuego and need disaster assistance …

Police and Fire Departments

  • Volunteer Firefighters: # 122
  • Local Firefighters: # 123
  • Civil National Police: # 110
  • Red Cross: # 125 / 2381-6565
  • CONRED: # 2324-0800
  • Traffic Police – Municipalidad de Guatemala: 1551

Health

  • Toxicology: 2230-0807

Other

  • Tourist Assistance: 1500
  • Ministerio Público: 2411-9191

Safe

  • You can mark yourself safe on Facebook
  • If you are looking for a missing person or want to bring attention to a missing person, tag CONRED (The National Coordination for Disaster Reduction of Guatemala)

Recommendations for those with Type 1 diabetes

  • Identify yourself as someone who has Type 1 diabetes
  • Stay hydrated
  • Make sure you have extra fast-acting sugar for treating hypoglycemia
  • Make sure to have all other diabetes supplies and medicine in dry, transportable bag that can keep insulin cool
  • Read this Guide for Type 1s in a Natural Disaster

If you are looking to help those affected by the Volcán de Fuego …

Give funds

Give supplies

Donate insulin + test strips – Insulin For Life USA aids those living with diabetes by supplying life-saving insulin and other supplies. While Director Carol Atkinson reports no requests for aid have been made yet, “If we discover a way we can support a health care provider who will be the point person, we will be sending aid.” The following supplies are always welcome:

  • Insulin (unopened, not expired)
  • Test strips (of any variety)

Send supplies to:

5745 SW 75th Street, #116
Gainesville, Florida 32608
(352) 327-8649


Read A T1D’s Guide to Natural Disaster.