FEMA Accessible: CDC Receiving Dialysis During an Emergency

FEMA Accessible: CDC Receiving Dialysis During an Emergency



Hi, my name is Alex Bruner. I am from FEMA, a close partner with
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also known as the CDC. This collaborated video is about
receiving dialysis during an emergency. If you are receiving dialysis, we know how
important it is to have power for your treatments. In a disaster, if your power goes out,
your dialysis machine will stop working. Roads to the nearest dialysis center
or hospital may be blocked due to flooding or fallen trees or power lines. It is important to have an emergency plan
in case this happens. These safety tips can help you continue
to get the treatment you need: Pack an emergency kit with
your doctor’s contact information, as well as that of another dialysis center near you. Include a list of medications you take,
and at least a 3-day supply. Make sure your dialysis center has
your phone number and address in case they need to contact you. Before a disaster hits, make sure your phone
and other mobile devices stay fully charged. Become familiar with the 3-day emergency diet
that could help save your life. You can find more information at CDC.gov. If you need to evacuate to a shelter during a disaster, make sure you tell the shelter
what your medical needs are so they can better support you
or refer you to a medical shelter near you. If you haven’t done so yet, it is important
that you contact your water and power companies as soon as possible and register for
special priority in restoring your service as quickly as possible after a disaster. Be informed now. Don’t wait until a disaster strikes. Call the Kidney Community Emergency
Response Hotline at 866-901-3773 if you are having difficulty
contacting your dialysis clinic. For help finding resources, contact the National
Kidney Foundation Cares Patient Information Center at 855-653-2273. For more information about how to prepare
for an emergency or for help finding resources, visit their website at kidney.org/help, or visit the Kidney Community Emergency
Response Program website at www.kcercoalition.com.

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