Lessons From Hurricane Sandy: American College of Endocrinology (ACE) Urges
Those With Diabetes to Plan Ahead
ACE and Lilly Diabetes offer detailed emergency preparedness plan for natural
disasters and other unexpected emergencies
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. & INDIANAPOLIS -- October 29, 2013
With the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaching, memories of the
devastation wrought by the massive coastal storm serve as a reminder that
preparation can be key, particularly when it comes to chronic medical
conditions such as diabetes.
For those with diabetes, lack of access to medicines and routine diabetes care
during an emergency, such as what occurred in the New York metropolitan area
last October, leaves them vulnerable and may be the difference between life
and death. That’s why the American College of Endocrinology (ACE) and Lilly
Diabetes are urging people with diabetes and their caregivers to be ready
prior to these situations using the “My Diabetes Emergency Plan.”
The plan, created by ACE and Lilly Diabetes in 2005 in the aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina, contains an index of 17 essential items that people with
diabetes should have readily available to help ensure their safety and
well-being in the event of severe storms and other emergencies. The plan also
has a supporting video.
Disruptions such as lack of drinkable water for maintaining hydration,
electricity to keep insulin chilled and viable, lack of proper foods to help
keep blood sugars stable, and limited access to medical supplies and
healthcare providers may put those with diabetes at risk of serious
“Even though diabetes is a manageable disease, the reality is that without
proper medication and supplies for even a short period of time, people with
diabetes are at risk for complications that can become very dangerous very
quickly,” said Dr. Lawrence Blonde, endocrinologist, member of the American
Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and fellow of ACE.
A downloadable copy of the plan in both English and Spanish, along with a
step-by-step instructional video, is available at ACE’s patient education
website, www.empoweryourhealth.org, under the Resources tab. ACE also offers
the plan in a water-resistant, credit-card-sized format. Emergency
preparedness personnel, first responder organizations and health care
personnel can order the plan in bulk online at
“Taking a few minutes now to assemble an emergency kit, as outlined in the
plan, may make a world of difference in staying healthy under stressful
circumstances,” said Dr. Jeffrey Jackson, endocrinologist and senior medical
adviser, Lilly Diabetes. “Once an event threatens, there’s usually too little
time to prepare properly to avoid disruptions in care. That’s why preparation
for those with diabetes is essential and crucial.”
About the American College of Endocrinology (ACE)
The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) is the educational and scientific
arm of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). ACE is
the leader in advancing the care and prevention of endocrine and metabolic
disorders by: providing professional education and reliable public health
information; recognizing excellence in education, research and service;
promoting clinical research and defining the future of Clinical Endocrinology.
For more information, please visit www.aace.com.
About Lilly Diabetes
Lilly has been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923, when we introduced
the world’s first commercial insulin. Today we work to meet the diverse needs
of people with diabetes through research and collaboration, a broad and
growing product portfolio and a continued commitment to providing real
solutions–from medicines to support programs and more–to make lives better.
For more information, visit www.lillydiabetes.com.
About Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY)
Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing
portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its
own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific
organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides
answers—through medicines and information—for some of the world's most urgent
medical needs. Information about Lilly is available at www.lilly.com.
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American College of Endocrinology
Glenn Sebold, 904-703-2020 (mobile/text)
Candace Johnson, 317-755-9143 (mobile/text)
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