Tropical Storm Gordon

9/4/18
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Last updated September 4, 5 p.m. ET

Tropical Storm Gordon heads towards the northern Gulf Coast threatening AL, FL, and MS. We know managing diabetes can be even harder when you are dealing with a major storm, loss of electricity, flooding and possible evacuation from your home.

Key Messages from the NOAA:

1. Gordon is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and hurricane conditions to portions of the central Gulf Coast, where a Storm Surge Warning and Hurricane Warning are in effect. The highest storm surge is expected along the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama from the Mouth of the Pearl River to Dauphin Island tonight and early Wednesday. Tropical storm conditions and storm surge will also affect portions of the western Florida Panhandle.

2. Heavy rainfall from Gordon will affect the western Florida Panhandle, southwest Alabama, southern and central Mississippi, northeastern Louisiana, and southern Arkansas, where totals could reach as high as 12 inches. This rainfall will cause flash flooding in portions of these areas.

Your first stop should be A T1D’S GUIDE TO NATURAL DISASTER, learn from the experiences lived by other during previous hurricanes. Then, use this DIABETES DISASTER PLAN to make sure your emergency kit is complete.

If you’re affected by Tropical Storm Gordon and are …


In a life-threatening situation

  • Call 911 – due to the heavy volume of calls, be sure to stay on the line until your call can be answered.

In need of disaster assistance

  • Call the American Red Cross at 877-500-8645.
  • Looking for a shelter? A live map of open shelters from the American Red Cross can be found here

Safety

  • The Red Cross is encouraging you to list yourself as “Safe and Well.
  • You can mark yourself safe on Facebook
  • Join the Beyond Type 1 app for iOS + Android (also accessible on desktop) – connect with other individuals and families impacted by Type 1 diabetes. The “Find Members Near Me” feature can be especially helpful for finding folks who may be able to support with everything from stress to supplies.

Statewide Updates 

Emergency updates and other resources can be found here.

Additional resources


Type 1 diabetes reminders for natural disasters

  • Identify yourself as someone who has diabetes
  • Stay hydrated
  • Keep emergency supplies with you to treat hypoglycemia
  • Secure insulin If you can get to a pharmacy, it’s the best way to access your medicines or get emergency supplies. A list of open pharmacies can be found here. You can search for open pharmacies HERE

Resources from device and supply companies –

  • Lilly Answers Center – Call 1-800-545-5979 if you need assistance with insulin or other medicine that has been damaged or destroyed by the storm.
  • Medtronic Storm Hotline – Call 1-800-646-4633 ext 64545. For more information, visit here.
  • Omnipod users – Podders needing supplies can contact customer care team at 800-591-3455.  We have been notified that local representatives in affected areas will have additional supplies.

If you want to help …


Donate funds

  • Donate to the American Red Cross. You can also give a quick $10 donation now by texting “REDCROSS” to 90-999.
  • Donate to Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization in all 50 states of the US and 70 countries.
  • Donate to Save the Children, an organization dedicated to helping children and families most in need.
  • Donate to Insulin for Life – an organization committed to collecting unused supplies in the USA and distributing them around the world to those who need them most. (You can make a financial donation as well as donating supplies.)

Donate insulin + test strips – Insulin For Life USA aids those living with diabetes by supplying life-saving insulin and other supplies. In order to continue to provide emergency supplies, Insulin for Life is specifically requesting the following:

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

Send supplies to:

5745 SW 75th Street, #116

Gainesville, Florida 32608

(352) 327-8649


Note: Beyond Type 1 is proud to be a part of the Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition, alongside American Diabetes Association, Insulin for Life USA, JDRF, the American Association for Clinical Endocrinologists, the American Association for Diabetes Educators, Endocrine Society, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, Lilly, Insulet, and T1D Exchange, among others. This content is from the Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition