Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness dialysis

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.

People who have an illness and require medication and treatment must take special measures to ensure their own health and safety during and after disasters. Here are resources to help you put together a plan to be prepared in the case of an emergency.

Click the play arrow above to hear the preparedness PSA by Renal Support Network

The Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition Website
KCER Patient-Identification-Card

(KCER) serves as a great resource to patients and professionals. An example for patients is the card. These Patient Identification Cards, from KCER, provide the basic information to help the patient and dialysis provider locate information in case of an emergency.
Download a copy of the card: Interactive type-in and print version

Preparing for Emergencies - A Guide for People on Dialysis
preparing for emergencies guide - cdc

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.

Tambien disponible en espanol: Prepárese para Emergencias: Una guía para personas en diálisis

3-Day Emergency Diet Plan

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.

prepare for emergencies - A Step-by-Step Guide for People on Dialysis

Preparing for Emergencies: A Step-by-Step Guide for People on Dialysis

Step 1 Gather and Carry Important Medical Information If you must go to a different dialysis center or hospital for treatment during an emergency or travel,...
How to Get Off of a Dialysis Machine in an Emergency Evacuation-Preparing for Emergencies

Preparing for Emergencies: A Guide for People on Dialysis (How to...

Your dialysis facility staff should show you what to do if you are on a dialysis machine in an emergency. The instructions should include...
Emergency Guide for people o dialysis - Helapful Tips in an Emergency-Preparing for Emergencies

Preparing for Emergencies: A Guide for People on Dialysis (Helpful Tips...

1. Stay at home unless you are hurt, as long as it is safe to do so. Instructions for dialysis patients may be available...
Emergency Food List-Preparing for Emergencies

Preparing for Emergencies: A Guide for People on Dialysis (Emergency Food...

(See Emergency Diet Plan document - on our site) This list provides a six-day supply of canned foods and water. Use fresh foods as long as they...
3-Day Emergency Diet Plan-Preparing for Emergencies

Preparing for Emergencies: A Guide for People on Dialysis (3-Day Emergency...

This list provides a six-day supply of canned foods and water. Use fresh foods as long as they are available. Emergency Food List: __ 3 packages of...
Medical Emblems - Preparing for Emergencies

Preparing for Emergencies: A Guide for People on Dialysis (Medical Emblems)

If you are injured or unable to communicate, medical staff need to know quickly if you are a person on dialysis and any other...
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.

National Dialysis Clinic Hotlines
Dialysis Unit Transfer Form

Be prepared with all the necessary information a temporary dialuysis unit will need in order to accommodate and provide dialysis treatment during an emergency. Download and collect information and attach forms to this dialysis transfer form

FCC and Universal Administrative Co Emergency Broadband Financial Assistance The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:

  • Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals
  • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household.

The FCC has announced that consumers can begin applying for and enrolling in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program on May 12, 2021. The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.

Florida’s Special Needs Shelter program and its Registry
If you live in Florida and you or a family member, during periods of evacuation or emergency, requires evacuation and/or sheltering assistance due to physical impairments, mental impairments, cognitive impairment, or sensory disabilities; it is important that you are aware of your County’s Special Needs Shelter program and its Registry. It is important that you become familiar with the services available within your community before an emergency or disaster strikes. Start by checking this list of Special Needs Shelters by County.

Stay Informed with these Weather Tracking Website

Stay informed all year by following national weather alerts: www.weather.gov/alerts

During the summer months you can keep track of the current hurricanes, tropical storm systems and new ones developing here: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

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