All ESRD dialysis and transplant facilities are required to develop, implement, and practice their disaster readiness policies and procedures before emergencies occur. The unique needs of the ESRD community, both patients and providers, necessitate knowing what will work to successfully handle emergency situations. The following resources and materials are to assist ESRD facilities in addressing the needs of their patients and staff in the ongoing review and implementation of their facility-specific emergency readiness plan.
This sample Emergency Management Support Form is designed to assist dialysis facilities in communicating their facility status to the county/parish Emergency Management Office servicing their area. The information provided will enable local Emergency Management to determine what resources are available and what services might be needed in the event of an emergency.View Resource
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. This page provides information on this service including brochures, wallet cards, and disaster kits for download.View Resource
Radioactive contamination and radiation exposure could occur if radioactive materials are released into the environment as the result of an accident, an event in nature, or an act of terrorism. Such a release could expose people and contaminate their surroundings and personal property.View Resource
Kidney failure, often called End Stage Renal Disease or “ESRD,” is a life-threatening condition. Individuals with kidney failure require either medications to prevent rejection of a transplanted kidney, or, if they have not received a transplant, regular repeated dialysis treatments to clean the blood supply as frequently as three to four times a week. Missing even a few treatments can result in severe illness or even death for an individual with kidney failure needing dialysis.View Resource