Massive Help for Harvey Victims that Suffer from Diabetes

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 Today, the American Diabetes Association (ADA), JDRF and Insulin for Life (IFL USA) shipped an additional 3,000 pounds of donated diabetes supplies to people affected by Hurricane Harvey, due to arrive early next week. These additional pallets each include 200,000 syringes, 50,000 pen needles and 20,000 alcohol pads. Accompanying each pallet are separate packages containing dozens of blood glucose meters along with thousands of glucose test strips and lancets, which will allow an individual to test his or her blood glucose three times per day for nearly two months. More than 25,000 units of analogue and human insulins, in both vial and pen forms, will also be delivered for each pallet, pending safe delivery and temperature control conditions at the locations.

Two of the pallets shipped today are going to Harris CountyHouston for distribution to evacuees sheltered at the newly opened NRG Center. One pallet each will be delivered to the Austin and San Antonio communities. The first five pallets of supplies, for Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center, where thousands are sheltered, and the Galveston and Corpus Christi communities, will arrive by Friday, September 1.

The ADA’s Center for Information, 1-800-DIABETES, has extended phone hours this week to assist anyone in need:

  • 8:00 a.m. ET to 10:00 p.m. ET through Friday, September 1; and
  • 10:00 a.m. ET to 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 2.

On the special web link launched on Monday, diabetes.org/hurricaneharvey, information is being updated regularly to include the latest resources, including the Red Cross’s live map of open shelters; tips for how to advocate for yourself or a loved one with diabetes; recommendations on how to help someone with diabetes and signs of a diabetes emergency for caregivers and emergency personnel; a list of open pharmacies; and additional resources from partners on how to access or donate supplies and/or medications.

Information and resources include:

As additional supplies are donated, all three partners will continue to collaborate to get the supplies and medications where they are needed, especially since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Louisiana yesterday.

During an emergency crisis such as this, it is critical for people with diabetes to have access to the medications and testing supplies needed to maintain proper blood glucose control, and to prevent serious sudden complications such as hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia1. Visit diabetes.org/hurricaneharvey for the latest information.

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