- Phone numbers. Keep an emergency contacts list, and call your dialysis facility when bad weather threatens.
- Disaster plan. Talk to your dialysis care team and family ahead of time about what to do in a disaster. Monitor local weather forecasts.
- Emergency supplies. Pre-pack a first-aid kit, flashlight and batteries, blankets, radio, cell phone, food, can opener and medications.
- Transportation. In-center patients should arrange with a friend, neighbor or family member for backup transportation to their clinic.
- Power outages. Home dialysis patients should follow the directions given during home training for continuing dialysis in an emergency.
- Adjust insulin. Diabetics should ask their doctor how to adjust their insulin dosage if severe flooding or storms are forecast for their area.
“Advance preparation helps us to ensure uninterrupted dialysis treatments for our patients,” said Bill Numbers, Vice President of Operations Support and Incident Commander for Disaster Response and Planning. “FMCNA’s resources and national partnerships give us the ability to coordinate the delivery of resources from across the country to any locale within hours of a disaster.”FMCNA’s natural disaster response plan has been tested and validated many times in recent years, from Hurricanes Sandy, Ike and Katrina, to last year’s series of severe thunderstorms, which left a trail of property destruction and power outages stretching from Illinois to New Jersey. As part of its business plan for continuous quality improvement, the company has incorporated the lessons learned from each of these events to improve its processes, resulting in very effective disaster response capabilities. For more information on FMCNA’s disaster response efforts and important tips to help patients prepare for any emergency, visit FMCNA’s Disaster Response website. About Fresenius Medical Care North AmericaThrough our leading network of more than 2,150 dialysis facilities in North America and our vascular access centers, laboratory, pharmacy and affiliated hospitals and nephrology practices, Fresenius Medical Care provides renal services to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. We are also the continent’s top producer of dialysis equipment, dialyzers and related disposable products and a major supplier of renal pharmaceuticals. For more information about the company, visit www.fmcna.com; for information about patient services, visit www.ultracare-dialysis.com.