Emergency preparedness for the dialysis community is essential for ensuring the continuity of patient care. Each of the various topics covered within this booklet has been thoroughly discussed and vetted, keeping in mind the essential needs of the kidney community during an emergency or disaster.
The National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities (“Diversity Preparedness”), is a web-based library of resources and information on disaster preparedness for culturally diverse communities and other at-risk populations.
Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another and review what you will do in different situations. This printable sheet can store important family member information including contact phone numbers.
Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another and review what you will do in different situations. This Spanish language printable sheet can store important family member information including contact phone numbers.
During an Emergency
This is a sample 3-day emergency diet that can help reduce the waste that builds up in your flood if you are unable to maintain your normal dialysis treatment schedule. English Spanish
Kidney failure is a life-threatening condition. This fact sheet outlines helpful information for dialysis and transplant patients about planning ahead for an emergency.
This tool helps bring families and friends back together after being displaced during an emergency. This tool is only active during emergencies.
After a natural disaster, water may not be safe to use. Germs and chemicals may be in the water. This tool offers guidance on how to be sure your water is safe.
After an Emergency
War and disaster can separate family members when they need each other the most. The American Red Cross can help your family members reconnect, whether the separation was caused by a recent emergency here at home, war or natural disaster overseas, or events as far back as the Holocaust.
Returning home after a disaster or emergency can be both physically and mentally challenging. Above all, use caution. You may be anxious to see your property but do not return to your home before the area is declared to be safe by local officials.
Tips from the CDC on how to stay safe when returning home after a disaster.
After a hurricane or flood, you may need to clean up your home and yard. Take these steps to stay safe.
This fun activity book from FEMA helps kids to learn about emergency preparedness.
These electronic books from the CDC can be printed or viewed on the computer to provide educational activities and information about emergency and disaster preparedness.
This handout provides tips on how to plan your fire escape route, including a grid to draw a map of your plan.
This fun and educational website provides emergency preparedness information that parents, teachers, and children can use to help ensure everyone is prepared for an emergency.
Responding to an emergency as an adult is one thing…what's the best way to respond to your child during or after a disaster? This Ready.gov website provides information to help children of all ages cope during and following a disaster.
Preparing for emergencies shouldn't fall on your shoulders alone. Young children and teens alike need to be part of the process — for their own safety and sense of empowerment. This site provides helpful information and activities to get your whole family involved in emergency planning.
National KCER Patient and Family Engagement (NPFE) LAN
The KCER National Patient and Family Engagement (NPFE) Learning and Action Network (LAN) hosts bi-monthly meetings to bring together members in a collaborative sharing experience. You can find resources from the meetings here.
As a dialysis or transplant patient, do you have ideas about how to improve emergency and disaster preparedness? KCER is looking for patients to help improve the planning process for ESRD patients by volunteering as a patient Subject Matter Expert (SME).