Emergency Preparedness

A disaster is an event that can result in significant harm to lives and/or property, as well as disruption in daily activities. For the people receiving kidney dialysis or living with a kidney transplant, planning for emergencies and disasters can be the difference between life and death. Dialysis and kidney transplant patients must take special preparedness measures to ensure their own health and safety during and after disasters.

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The Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition Website (KCER) serves as a great resource to patients and professionals. An example for patients is the card below:

These Patient Identification Cards, from KCER, provide the basic information to help the patient and dialysis provider locate information in case of an emergency.
To download a copy of the card, click here.

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Preparing for Emergencies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published this guide for people on dialysis "Preparing for Emergencies - A Guide for People on Dialysis".
Click here to download a copy of the guide.

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Other Useful Resources

Websites to help you and your family PREPARE!

For more information and links to CMS disaster planning activities and resources, please visit http://www.cms.hhs.gov/Emergency/. The National Kidney Foundation is host of a clearing house of Coalition activities that can be accessed at www.kidney.org/help.

3-Day Emergency Diet Plan

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If you're on dialysis, you're advised to have these items in your home, and switch to this diet if you don't have access to care. This is not a substitute for dialysis. Feel free to download, print and share.