American Diabetes Association and JDRF Partnering to Provide Emergency Support for People with Diabetes Impacted by Hurricane Harvey


Michelle Kirkwood

Arlington, Virginia
August 28, 2017

The first shipment of more than 3,750 pounds of diabetes supplies (5 pallets), provided by the critical partnership of American Diabetes Association (ADA), JDRF, Insulin for Life (IFL USA) and the Endocrine Society arrived in the Houston area early this morning. Diabetes supplies are available to provide care for people with diabetes at the following locations:

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston

NRG Center, Houston

In San Antonio, starting Saturday Afternoon, September 2, after 1 p.m. CT, at the Harland Clarke Shelter, 5003 Stout, San Antonio, Texas 78219. 

Health professionals at each site have the supplies to meet the critical diabetes care needs of those who have been displaced due to Hurricane Harvey. 

The ADA’s Center for Information, 1-800-DIABETES, has extended phone hours through the end of next week to assist anyone in need: 

9:00 a.m. CT to 3:00 p.m. CT during the Holiday weekend: Saturday, Sunday and Monday, September 2 – 4; and

7:30 a.m. CT to 9:00 p.m. CT, Tuesday through Friday, September 5 – 8. 

Please check for current information, including the latest resources, such as 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: 

How to donate dated & unopened diabetes supplies to Insulin for Life

Live map of open shelters from the American Red Cross, or 1-800-RED-CROSS

Link to list of open pharmacies in the Houston area

The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies has a hotline, 1-800-626-4949, to help people with disabilities and the elderly to safety and provide immediate needs of durable medical equipment and supplies 

Americares is providing emergency support and services 

List of Texas food banks

Texas Health and Human Services – call 211 for assistance

Department of HHS support services, HHS Disaster Distress Line 1-800-985-5990

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hurricane resources

Additional supplies are en route to arrive early next week, pending open and accessible roads, to continue to serve the region. As additional supplies are donated, the partners will continue to collaborate to get the supplies and medications where they are needed. 

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. Within the next few days, we will be announcing additional efforts to provide direct support for the millions of people with diabetes impacted by this devastating hurricane. Visit for the latest information. 

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)

1 W Cefalu et. al. The Hurricane Katrina Aftermath and Its Impact on Diabetes Care. Diabetes Care 29:1, 158-160.