Update: Diabetes Care and Supplies Available in Houston and San Antonio, Plus Extended Hours at 1-800-DIABETES Call Center

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Michelle Kirkwood
press@diabetes.org
703-299-2053

Arlington, Virginia
September 2, 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 diabetes.org/hurricaneharvey 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. Visit diabetes.org/hurricaneharvey 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 (Association) 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 Association 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 Association 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 American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn). 

About JDRF

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2 billion in research funding since our inception. We are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. We collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Our staff and volunteers throughout the United States and our six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and our vision of a world without T1D. For more information, please visit jdrf.org or follow us on Twitter: @JDRF.

About Insulin for Life

Insulin for Life USA (IFL USA) is a licensed, Florida-based non-profit that provides insulin and disease management supplies free of charge to people around the world with diabetes who lack access due to a variety of situations, most often due to severe financial limitations. They also distribute domestically to professional agencies within the U.S. in times of natural disaster. IFL USA collects unexpired/fresh dated, unopened supplies from individuals or organizations and, following careful inspection, delivers them to disadvantaged regions for distribution by medical professionals, free of charge, to those in need. This aid includes insulin vials, insulin pens and cartridges, test strips, blood glucose meters, glucagon kits, lancing devices and other diabetes management supplies. Since 2012, IFL USA has provided more than $9M worth of diabetes supplies to nearly 20 countries, all in an effort to provide hope to those living with diabetes worldwide. For more information, please visit ifl-usa.org or follow us on Facebook (Insulin for Life). 

About the Endocrine Society

Endocrinologists are at the core of solving the most pressing health problems of our time, from diabetes and obesity to infertility, bone health, and hormone-related cancers. The Endocrine Society is the world’s oldest and largest organization of scientists devoted to hormone research and physicians who care for people with hormone-related conditions. The Society has more than 18,000 members, including scientists, physicians, educators, nurses and students in 122 countries. To learn more about the Society and the field of endocrinology, visit our site at www.endocrine.org. Follow us on Twitter at @TheEndoSociety and @EndoMedia.

1 W Cefalu et. al. The Hurricane Katrina Aftermath and Its Impact on Diabetes Care. Diabetes Care 29:1, 158-160. http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/29/1/158.