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The Importance of Emergency Preparedness: Lilly Diabetes and the American College of Endocrinology (ACE) Help Prep People with Diabetes for Emergencies - Big or Small
Date:5/1/2013

e Gulf of Mexico to the Midwest will be especially vulnerable. These situations can be particularly challenging for someone who has diabetes and may require insulin to manage their disease.

"Whether someone with diabetes is displaced by severe weather, or simply caught outside the home without access to supplies due to car trouble, having a kit prepared with essentials may make a difference in a person's ability to manage their health – even if it's just waiting for a tow truck," said Dr. Lawrence Blonde , endocrinologist, member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and fellow of ACE. "Our goal is to encourage people with diabetes to take steps in advance of an emergency to protect their health. It only takes a few minutes to prepare an emergency kit, and now with the added download availability of our checklist in Spanish, even more people can be ready."

In March, Lilly Diabetes and ACE reached out to another group interested in emergency planning. The "My Diabetes Emergency Plan" was featured at the 2013 National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans where emergency planners met to discuss strategies for preparing and supporting the nation during severe weather events. There the partnership was showcased to meeting participants including emergency medical service representatives, city planners, meteorologists, and public information officers to name a few, with program resources made available to all attendees for implementing in their local areas.

"Lilly Diabetes is committed to providing real solutions for people with diabetes to use in their everyday lives – particularly when their lives and their health might be threatened by the unexpected," said Dr. Jeffrey Jackson , endocrinologist, member of AACE, fellow of ACE, and senior medical adviser, Lilly Diabetes. "When weather events multiply and
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