Reply to: “Solar Storm: How to Get Ready” & Diabetes

Hello Fernando,

I ran across your blog a couple of years ago and have enjoyed it very much.

In reading your latest post “Solar Storm: How to Get Ready” it reminded me of the book “One Second After” which talks about life after an EMP event.

What struck home to me was the main character had a daughter that was 12 and was a type I diabetic (insulin dependent). When I read it my 11 year old son had only been diagnosed with Type I Diabetes for a year. That and I have family an hour and a half from where the book’s story is located in North Carolina.

I thought I would share some of the things I have done that might be helpful for other Type I diabetics or parents. In addition please feel free to offer any other suggestions.

Feel free to use any of this information or images in any way that will help others.
Thank you for your blog and books.

Building up Diabetic supplies…

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Building up Diabetic supplies…

Here is what we do. Basically it is like the “pantry” system for food. We order just a little extra with each order. Not much, just a little more than we need. In about a year and a half you’ll have a good amount on hand. Just make sure and keep it rotated out!! What those dates! (You’ll notice numbers on the strip cartons, they are months. Also that picture is really old. We don’t have any 2012 stuff! hahaha!!)

Build a good relationship with your doctor…

Things got a little worrisome at my job and it looked like their might be a layoff, so we told our doctor our concern and he increased our prescription for insulin so we could store a little extra just in case. not sure if all doctors are this way but when we got started I mentioned I liked having extra insulin on hand in case of an emergency. So we worked it out where we would get a little extra insulin with a 3 month order and that helped to get us ahead.

Build a network…

No man is an island… get networked with other diabetics in your community. Work together. You’ll be surprised how many people keep extra supplies on hand. Plus sometimes people will change meters and have a few boxes of test strips or switch gauge needles, etc…  they might give you some or sell to you cheaper than you could buy them.

We have ran out of Ketonestrips once (key word ONCE! Hahaha!!) and had a sick child and it was late at night. One phone call and we had a bottle in less than 15 minutes.

We have a list of Diabetic Parents we keep, and the group is quick to reach out to newly diabetic parents to help them cope.

Keeping your cool…

Insulin must be kept cool until opened. Test strips should not get too cold or overly hot. (About 43 to 100 degrees.) In case of power outages (which we have had in the winter) I have a few systems set up.
1. Generator
2. 1 Liter Frozen Ice bottles and small cooler just for insulin & strips)
3. 12 Volt Car cooler (in case we need to leave or use it to keep insulin cool and we are out of ice.)
Diabetic Emergency Supplies…

We keep an emergency Diabetic Supplies kit in all our vehicles.
These are basically for the “Oops” times when my son runs out of something while we are out.

Yeah, it has happened. (They are all stored in a Gluclose tablet bottles, they are rotated our during the time change.)

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Contents from picture… (From top to right):
10 – Pen Cap Needles (For Insulin Pen)
6 – 30 Unit Syringes (We are using the rest of the up and moving to the 50 unit ones.)
16 – Lancets
4 – 50 Unit Syringes
20 – Alcohol Prep Pads

“There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.” – Homer
Thanks for sharing your experience MIke!
I read “One Second After” and liked it a lot, recommended reading.
Regarding keeping the medicine cool, I think a portable compressor Freezer/Refrigerator like this one the Dometic (CDF-11) would be a good idea.

Dometic (CDF-11) Portable Freezer/Refrigerator

Its portable and can be run using any vehicle as a power source rather than needing a generator. Of course there’s not much space, but it should do ok for medicine.

Another thing to keep in mind as a last resort is the Zeer pot, or Pot-in-pot refrigerator, which can be easily made for little money using two clay pots, one smaller than the other. Sand is placed in between the pots and its kept wet. Food is placed inside the smaller pot and covered with a wet cloth. Evaporation does the rest, removing some of the heat.
Don’t expect a lot, but it is surprisingly cool and it sure would help to drop the temperature some.
Thanks for your email and good luck!

AED: The life Saving Device None of us Owns



Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator (AED) Price: $1,099.83


I’ve seen these in airports and hospitals, schools and malls. Even some gyms have them now. You probably don’t own an autoated external defibrillator (AED) and neither do I. At age 35 and in good health I don’t feel the need to rush into buying one. Hopefully by the time I’m 45 they will be a bit cheaper! But the simple matter is, an AED is most likely to save your life than any other “prep” item you own and that’s just a fact yet how often do you read about it in survival articles? At a thousand bucks they sure are expensive, but most folks wont even blink about spending more in a couple guns and some ammo.


The #1 cause of death in America isn’t zombies but heart disease. You’re FAR more likely to drop dead because of a heart attack than to go out knee deep in spent brass, mowing down looters, UN thugs and bikers with an M60 machine gun while crying out “Come get some!!!!”


Then consider the following:

For every minute without CPR and defibrillation, the victim’s chance of survival decreases by 7-10%.

Preppers and survivalists typically live away from cities. Living away from cities means living away from emergency medical care in most cases. If it takes an ambulance 10-15 minutes to get there, chances are you’re a goner. An AED saving your life is FAR more likely that any gun, survival knife or other tool doing so but they cost a thoudand bucks, and most important, they just arent as cool as guns.


The AED is simple to use. It detects and only delivers shocks when required.



UV & Blue LEDs: Desinfecting and Healing Wounds!?

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UV LED lights can be used for detecting countefeit money, body fluids, and a number of other practical applications, but blue and red LEDs have some interesting uses of their own…

Mini EDC First Aid Kit

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A small first aid kit is one of the most useful and important parts of any reasonable every day carry kit.
For minor cuts and such, you don’t need much more than a few bandaids some gauze and tape. In general, the small cheap mini first aid kits are a good starter point. Johnson & Johnson First aid to Go costs a bit over 2 USD, and the case is compact but solid with some extra space.
What I suggest is getting one of these and adding a bit more so as to turn it into a more well-rounded kit. Include a couple more alcohol swabs, some ibuprofen, aspirin and diarrhea pills. 

Fish Antibiotics at Camping Survival




I’ve often mentioned the importance of having antibiotics at hand. While antibiotics are not some magical cure-all pills, If you do need antibiotics then there’s really no other thing that will do nearly as good in spite of all the natural remedies available. The simple matter is, if you need antibiotics and don’t have them, the infection spreads and you can end up losing a limb or downright die. At the same time and due to needing a prescription for them, people rarely have antibiotics in their first aid kits in countries where they are not available over-the-counter.



Right after mentioning this the next question is “Where can I get antibiotics?”.
The first thing to keep in mind is that antibiotics sure aren’t candy and you should only take them when you need them, in that case a doctor will write you a prescription for them, so first read as much as you can about antibiotics and when you actually need to take them. Here’s a good start.  *Link*


Remember that overuse of antibiotics is the reason why infections keep getting harder to fight because bacteria adapt more and more to them.


Unfortunately, in most countries only a doctor can prescribe antibiotics for you, so check with your doctor about that.



On the bright side, if you have fish, you can stock up on antibiotics for them!


Warning: These are not for human consumption, but just in case your fish needs antibiotics our sponsor Camping Survival has a good variety to treat your fish. 



Check with a doctor before using any medication. Check with your vet before medicating you fish. Always follow FDA regulations and recommendations.



Content of Small First Aid Kit

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