Emergency Preparedness Month

September is Emergency Preparedness Month, and this year’s theme is “Don’t Wait – Communicate.”  The Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition and the US Homeland Security Department recommend https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan as a good English-language place to start organizing your family’s preparedness, and https://www.ready.gov/languages for the same in twelve other languages.

We’re borrowing the following, with permission, from the Kansas City Network:

Communicate with your staff

  • Review your emergency plan and procedures
  • Update all staff emergency contacts and encourage them to have a personal Emergency Plan
  • Conduct your annual drill

Communicate with your patients

(1) Update all patient and staff Emergency Contact information

(2) Review one or more of the “My Plan” pages in your clinic’s MY KIDNEY KIT with your patients ( http://www.mykidneykit.org ).   They include:

  • In Case of Emergency
  • Diabetic 3-Day Emergency Diet
  • Non-Diabetic 3-Day Emergency Diet
  • Pediatric 3-Day Emergency Diet Menu
  • Dialysis Emergency Takeoff
  • How To Disinfect My Drinking Water

(3) Participate in America’s PrepareAthon on September 30, 2016; join by going to: https://community.fema.gov/ 

(4) Update your bulletin board to promote Emergency Preparedness

(5) Host a Lobby Day:

  • Display an emergency kit
  • Display items to have on hand for an emergency diet
  • Provide emergency forms or wallet cards
  • Run Public Service Announcements available on YouTube on the lobby TV (see https://www.ready.gov/ )

(6) Check out the resources available to promote preparedness:

(7) Visit Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition (KCER) http://www.kcercoalition.com/ for dialysis-specific resources for clinics and patients

(8) Help patients download the FEMA mobile apps for disaster resources, weather alerts and safety tips at https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app 

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