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Preparing for Emergencies: A Guide for People on Dialysis

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.

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National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities

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.

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Family Communications Plan

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.

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Family Communications Plan - Spanish

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.

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ESRD Patient Emergency Planning Checklist

This ESRD NCC document provides an easy to use checklist to help kidney patients prepare for an emergency.

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Evacuating Yourself and Your Family

Prepare now for the event of an evacuation. Evacuations are more common than many people realize. Fires and floods cause evacuations most frequently across the U.S. and almost every year, people along coastlines evacuate as hurricanes approach.

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Evacuate or Stay at Home?

During an emergency, you may hear an order to evacuate. Never ignore an order to evacuate. You may also hear an order to stay at home. Sometimes, staying at home is safer than leaving.

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Community and State Emergency Response & Preparedness Resources

This tool provides a state by state directory of local and federal emergency relief agencies and preparedness organizations. Click on the interactive map to find emergency relief resources and information on preparedness in your community.

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State and Territory Health Departments

This tool provides an interactive map to the different health departments for the United States and its territories.

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Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

Check out this list of recommended items to include in a basic emergency supply kit.

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Maintaining Your Disaster Supply Kit

Just as important as putting your supplies together is maintaining them so they are safe to use when needed. Here are some tips to keep your supplies ready and in good condition.

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Emergency Kit Storage Locations

Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work, and vehicles.

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Emergency Preparedness and LGBT People

Before an emergency strikes, it is important for health centers to consider the unique needs and circumstances of vulnerable populations, including LGBT individuals and families in the community.

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Plan to Protect Yourself and Family

Prepare yourself and your family for a disaster by making an emergency plan.

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FEMA SmartPhone App

Download the FEMA App, available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry mobile devices.

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Planning for Individuals with Access and Functional Needs

Individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs have additional requirements when it comes to emergency preparedness.  This tool helps to educate individuals on how to get best prepared.

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Patient Identification Card

This is a fillable PDF patient ID card.

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Getting Medical Care and Prescription Drugs in a Disaster or Emergency Area (Spanish)

This is a Spanish language printable patient ID card for dialysis and transplant patients.

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Getting Medical Care and Prescription Drugs in a Disaster or Emergency Area (Chinese)

This is a Chinese language printable patient ID card for dialysis and transplant patients.

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Emergency Information for Children with Special Needs

This fillable resource can document important information for individuals, especially children, that have special needs.

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Preparedness for Kidney Transplant Patients

This sheet outlines important tips on emergency preparedness and planning for transplant patients to explore prior to an emergency situation.

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Video: Disaster Preparedness for Dialysis Patients (by TEEC)

This video, prepared by the Texas ESRD Emergency Coalition (TEEC) outlines the steps dialysis patients and families should take to ensure they are prepared in the event of an emergency.

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Ready.gov: Make a Plan

This page explains what an emergency communication plan is and why you should make one. It also provides tips and templates on how to make a plan.

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Disaster Preparedness for Persons with Cancer

If you have cancer, planning for a disaster is crucial, especially if you become displaced. You may be on active treatment and/or have a weakened immune system, putting you at higher risk for infections, bleeding, fatigue, and injury. Keep yourself safe by developing an inclusive plan specific to your needs.

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