Emergency Preparedness Information
For people receiving dialysis or living with a kidney transplant, planning for emergencies and disasters can be the difference between life and death.
A number of resources for patient preparedness are available from IPRO, including:
The Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Program's disaster preparedness resources can help save lives, improve outcomes, empower patients and families and promote readiness in the community. Resources include:
Emergency Go-Bag: Take steps now to prepare yourself if disaster hits your home.
3-Day Emergency Kidney Diet Plan: This is a sample 3-day emergency diet that can help reduce the waste that builds up in your blood if you are unable to maintain your normal dialysis treatment schedule.
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.
Preparing for Emergencies: A Guide for People on Dialysis (39 page booklet)
IPRO ESRD Network 2 tracks dialysis facility closures and altered schedules in New York State at this website: https://esrd.ipro.org/emergency-management/current-emergency-updates/network-2/
Important Contact Numbers for Emergencies:
IPRO ESRD Network of New York: 800.238.3773
ECMC Dialysis: 716.898.1400
US Renal Care Patient Hotline: 866.671.8772
DaVita Patient Hotline: 800.400.8331
Fresenius Patient Hotline: 800.626.1297
Veteran Disaster Relief Hotline: 800.507.4571
Erie County residents receiving dialysis, those with disabilities and others with special medical requirements can fill out the Functional Needs Registry Form to make your needs known to local emergency assistance officials.
The National Weather Service Forecast Office Buffalo shares current conditions, storm warnings and more at https://www.weather.gov/buf/.
Video: What Do Dialysis Patients Need to Know
About Emergency Preparedness?
Recorded webinar from the Dialysis Patient Citizens Education Center