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Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Disconnect Procedure for In-Center Hemodialysis Patients

This one-page instruction sheet shows in-center hemodialysis patients how to disconnect from dialysis in three steps in an emergency situation.

Emergency Preparedness Checklist and Tips Poster

Use this poster to "check" and make sure you are prepared before a disaster strikes.

Emergency Preparedness Checklist and Tips

An emergency can happen at a moment’s notice. Act now and prepare before disaster strikes! This checklist will help you get started.

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.

During an Emergency

3-Day Emergency Kidney Diet

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

Save a Life Fact Sheet

Kidney failure is a life-threatening condition. This fact sheet outlines helpful information for dialysis and transplant patients about planning ahead for an emergency.

FEMA: National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (FERLS)

This tool helps bring families and friends back together after being displaced during an emergency. This tool is only active during emergencies.

Drink Safe Water

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

Red Cross: Safe and Well Website

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

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.

CDC: Returning Home

Tips from the CDC on how to stay safe when returning home after a disaster.

CDC: Clean Up Your Home

After a hurricane or flood, you may need to clean up your home and yard. Take these steps to stay safe.


Ready 2 Help Card Game from FEMA

FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division released Ready 2 Help, a card game for children ages 8-12. The new resource teaches youth how to stay safe and get help in emergencies. 

Ready Kids! Activity Book

This fun activity book from FEMA helps kids to learn about emergency preparedness.

CDC's Ready Wrigley Books

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.

NFPA: How to Make a Home Fire Escape Plan

This handout provides tips on how to plan your fire escape route, including a grid to draw a map of your plan.

For Parents

Helping Children Cope

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 website provides information to help children of all ages cope during and following a disaster. - Parents

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

N-KPFE LAN Meetings

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.

How to Volunteer with KCER

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).