American College of Endocrinology (ACE) to emphasize emergency planning for people with diabetes at National Hurricane Conference

Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:00am EDT

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Organization to share resources from partnership with Lilly Diabetes that stress
importance of advance planning for people with diabetes
NEW ORLEANS,  March 25, 2013  /PRNewswire/ --

News Highlights:

* @TheAACE attends Hurricane Conference to share planning tips for people w/
#diabetes; prgm w/Lilly Diabetes offering emergency tips since '06  
* @TheAACE, in partnership with Lilly Diabetes, offers emergency planning tips
for people with #diabetes at  www.empoweryourhealth.org
* Lilly Diabetes and @TheAACE have distributed more than 10 million #diabetes
emergency prep checklists since '06  www.empoweryourhealth.org

With the impact of Superstorm Sandy still resonating, the American College of
Endocrinology (ACE) will meet for the first time with emergency preparedness
officials this week at the National Hurricane Conference in  New Orleans. ACE
will highlight advance planning opportunities for people with diabetes and
distribute educational resources created through its partnership with Lilly
Diabetes to help people avoid disruptions in care in emergency situations.

Since 2006, ACE has worked with Lilly Diabetes to offer tips through an
emergency preparedness program so people can plan their diabetes management in
advance of severe storms and other emergencies.

When natural and man-made disasters or weather emergencies strike, millions of
people may be left stranded in their homes without power or forced to leave
their homes. Being caught unprepared for these types of events can be
potentially life-threatening, particularly for people with diabetes who are
insulin dependent, and who are much more susceptible to complications when they
cannot perform their normal care routine.  

After seeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Lilly Diabetes
and ACE joined forces to create the "My Diabetes Emergency Plan" program, a
comprehensive checklist -with supporting video resources-for people with
diabetes to use to help prepare for and manage their health during an emergency.
Since then, more than 10 million checklists have been distributed throughout 
the United States. ACE will review these tools with conference participants this
week and provide materials on DVD. Campaign resources are also available for
free download at  www.empoweryourhealth.org.  

Recent history offers a clear warning of the need for preparation: 2011 was the
deadliest tornado season in 50 years1, and 2012 saw 19 named hurricanes, an
occurrence that has happened only six other times in 162 years of record
keeping.2  And for 2013, severe storm season has only just begun.

"We are looking forward to sitting down with emergency managers to discuss how
our resources for people with diabetes can help support their local populations
who may be in severe weather zones or possibly at risk for displacement during
an emergency," said Dr.  Lawrence Blonde, endocrinologist, member of the
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and fellow of ACE.
"Emergencies come in all sizes, but when weather emergencies spring
up-particularly with the frequency we've seen lately-it's even more important
for people with diabetes to be ready. Their health may depend on it."

The ACE/Lilly Diabetes checklist recommends a number of practical steps to take
and items to have available to help ensure a person with diabetes can continue
their diabetes management during an emergency. This includes having a portable,
insulated and waterproof kit that contains a list of all of the patient's
medical conditions, allergies and prior surgeries; a properly stored supply of
all medications; blood sugar testing supplies; and contact information for all
healthcare providers. Additional items include a source of fast-acting
carbohydrates to treat low blood sugar (hypoglycemia); a supply of bottled water
and non-perishable food; and an empty water bottle and/or sharps container to
hold used syringes, needles and/or lancets.

"This is a terrific opportunity to learn from those who are on the front lines
how we can best disseminate our emergency tips to help people with diabetes take
action in advance of a severe situation," said Dr.  Jeffrey Jackson,
endocrinologist, member of AACE, fellow of ACE, and senior medical adviser,
Lilly Diabetes. "It only takes a few minutes to put an emergency kit together,
and we will continue working with ACE to help the people with diabetes in this
country reduce the risk of potentially life-threatening disruptions in their
care by encouraging them to incorporate our tools and resources into their
overall diabetes management plans."

The National Hurricane Conference takes place  March 25-28  and is conducted
annually to improve hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.
The group includes emergency planners, public works officials, television/radio
meteorologists, nursing home officials and others dedicated to preserving the
safety and health of people during severe weather events.

About the American College of Endocrinology (ACE)
The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) is the educational and scientific
arm of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). ACE is the
leader in advancing the care and prevention of endocrine and metabolic disorders
by: Providing professional education and reliable public health information;
Recognizing excellence in education, research and service; Promoting clinical
research and Defining the future of Clinical Endocrinology. For more
information, please visit  www.aace.com.  

About Lilly Diabetes  
Lilly has been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923, when it introduced
the world's first commercial insulin. Today Lilly works to meet the diverse
needs of people with diabetes through research and collaboration, a broad and
growing product portfolio and a continued commitment to providing real
solutions-from medicines to support programs and more-to make lives better. For
more information, visit  www.lillydiabetes.com.  

About Eli Lilly and Company  (NYSE:LLY)      
Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing
portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its
own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific
organizations. Headquartered in  Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides
answers-through medicines and information-for some of the world's most urgent
medical needs. Information about Lilly is available at  www.lilly.com.

LD82734 03/2013 ©Lilly  USA, LLC 2013. All rights reserved.

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 Contacts:                                                    
 Glenn Sebold, ACE           Candace Johnson, Lilly Diabetes  
 904-703-2020 (mobile/text)  317-755-9143 (mobile/text)       
 gsebold@aace.com            Johnson_Candace_A@lilly.com      


1  Reuters. "2011 tornado death toll tops 500 and season not over." Posted 
Thursday, May 26, 2011. 
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/26/us-weather-tornadoes-records-idUSTRE74P77Z20110526.
Accessed  January 18, 2013.

2  The Weather Channel 2012 Hurricane Season Wrap Up. Available at
http://www.weather.com/newscenter/tropical. Accessed  January 16, 2013.

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