Advance preparation is a key defense for chronic disease management during emergencies.

When you’re dealing with a chronic medical condition like diabetes, diligence and preparation are key.

But when an emergency situation or natural disaster strikes at your home or workplace – whether fires or floods, hurricanes, blizzards or even something like an unexpected auto breakdown – the disruption of a normal routine and limited access to much-needed resources can create chaos.

Being caught unprepared for these types of events can be potentially life-threatening to a person with diabetes. That’s why the American College of Endocrinology (ACE) created the My Diabetes Emergency Plan. Launched by ACE in 2006, in response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the My Diabetes Emergency Plan is a convenient checklist that contains all of the essential items those with diabetes need to have readily available in the event of an emergency.

On this site, you can download the plan in English or Spanish and view a step-by-step video demonstration of how to put your kit together. We also offer helpful resources for emergency preparedness officials, *first responders* and healthcare personnel to communicate with community members and patients for whom you care.