Provider-Guided Emergency Support for Persons Living with Type 1 Diabetes during Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

Karen DImentstein, Carlos Alberto Leyva Jordán, Stephen W. Ponder, Della Lorraine Matheson, Jay M. Sosenko, Zelde Espinel, James M. Shultz

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Abstract

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was especially memorable for 3 major hurricanes - Harvey, Irma, and Maria - that devastated population centers across Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, respectively. Each storm had unique hazard properties that posed distinctive challenges for persons living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Diabetes care specialists and educators took on leadership roles for coordinating care and establishing insulin supply lifelines for people with T1D living in the hardest-hit neighborhoods affected by these extreme storms. Strategies and resources were customized for each population. Diabetes specialists strategized to provide mutual support and shared insulins and supplies across sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)150-154
Number of pages5
JournalDisaster medicine and public health preparedness
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020

Keywords

  • disaster preparedness
  • emergency response
  • hurricane
  • special medical needs populations
  • type 1 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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