Southern California recently had one of its biggest earthquakes in nearly over 20 years. The 7.1 magnitude quake happened on Friday, July 5th around 8:19pm near Ridgecrest which is over 100 miles from the coast. The first of two large quakes measuring 6.4 shook our home on Fourth of July and felt as if I was having a dizzy spell until I noticed items in the house beginning to tremble. Both quakes were felt as far away as Las Vegas. So far, no injuries or deaths have been reported based on KTLA5 News as of today.

This was Coral’s first experience of earthquakes and she was literally shaking and scared. I remember my first when I was living in North Hollywood, CA back in 2006. We don’t really get any earthquakes in HI unless a volcano’s about to erupt on the Big Island. Seismologists from Caltech are predicting another couple temblors magnitude 6.0 or higher over the next week. So, we knew it was time to recheck our diabetic supplies and repack our emergency kit. It’s always better to be prepared than sorry [for procrastinating].

Our Emergency Backpack

We will need to switch out supplies pending expiration dates and size of clothes for the girls as they grow. Try to find a tactical lightweight backpack similar to this that’s water-resistant. You can also pack a waterproof or dry bag rolled up and placed inside. My husband would grab this backpack and Coral. I would carry baby Kaila and the diaper bag. Kiala’s diaper bag is always organized and stocked with our daily essentials such as Coral’s DKit, low snacks, some diapers, and one empty Tomee Tippee bottle with powdered formula.

Coral’s daily Dkit always has the following:

See more of our favorite diabetes things here

Some Tips Before the Next Natural Disaster

  • Be sure to have your endocrinologist write you prescriptions that will allow you enough supply to stock-up in case of an emergency
  • Contact all of your dermal medical suppliers (ex: Dexcom, Libre, Omnipod) to make sure your endo’s prescriptions went through – always follow-up!
  • Have endo send your prescriptions to a chain drugstore such as Walgreens or CVS so that you won’t have too much trouble if you should have to pick it up at another location or out-of-state within the US
  • Set reminders either as a Reminder List or in your iCalendar for when to request refill prescriptions
  • Include a list of all your prescriptions and a copy of health insurance cards
  • Include a list of all your medications and when you take them
  • Keep medications in their original containers for easy identification
  • Make an emergency / evacuation plan for your family and coordinate it with school and work
  • Include your pet(s) in your emergency plan
  • If you have to evacuate, try to relocate to a location with an operational hospital
  • Use a water resistant tactical backpack with lots of compartments for your emergency grab-n-go bag
  • Only pack what life-sustaining items will fit into your emergency bag enough for at least 14 days
  • Recheck supplies and expiration dates of items in your emergency bag every month
  • Stay calm and your child will remain calm
  • Encourage your Type 1 toddler to learn how to give herself an injection and poke her own finger to check her glucose in case of pump or CGM failure
    • Be sure to reward her for a job well done and do this on a daily basis with normal T1d management
  • Have a written list of emergency contacts in emergency bag and/or on the fridge
    • Update this contact list accordingly

See below to click and save this Emergency Supply List. Practically all items except insulin, glucagon and dermal medical supplies can be bought on Amazon.com. Get Prime membership. It’s worth it especially being or having a child with T1d.

For those using Dexcom and Omnipod – contact info is listed at top right corner
Fill in your own pump and/or CGM supplier at top right corner

Some Important Phone Numbers for Diabetic Supplies

NOTE: I will try my best to keep these contacts up-to-date, but it is your responsibility to find that information for yourself and well-being.

American Red Cross National Headquarters
431 18th St, NW
Washington, DC 20006
1-800-REDCROSS (733-2767)
To speak to a Red Cross Emergency Communications Specialist call
1-877-272-7337

American Red Cross Los Angeles Region
11355 Ohio Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 445-9900

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Insulin for Life USA, Inc.
2555 SW 76th Street, #130
Gainesville, Florida 32608
(352) 327-8649
staff@ifl-usa.org

Dexcom
Customer Sales & Support
1-888-738-3646
M – F 6AM to 5PM PST
Sat 8AM to 2PM PST
customerservice@dexcom.com

Technical Support
1-844-607-8398
Available 24/7
*If you speak with anyone who isn’t able to assist you in a timely manner, then hang up and call again until you get someone in the U.S. or demand to speak with a supervisor

Omnipod, Insulet Corp.
100 Nagog Park
Acton, MA 01720
Customer Care
1-800-591-3455
Available 24/7
Contact customer care online here

Tandem Diabetes
Corporate Headquarters
11075 Roselle Street
San Diego, CA 92121
(858)366-6900

Technical Support
(877)801-6901
Available 24/7

Order Support
(858) 375-1473
M – F 6AM to 6PM PST
Contact customer care online here

Medtronic Operational Headquarters
710 Medtronic Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55432-5604
Toll free: 800-633-8766
Worldwide: 1-763-514-4000

Insulin for Life
A non-profit that contributes to the international efforts in improving access to insulin and diabetes supplies for people in developing countries who cannot afford it
To donate supplies, contact your local affiliate here

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