Welcome to our second newsletter for Emergency Preparedness Month! Every May, BC Renal and our Emergency Management Committee raise awareness about emergency preparedness among kidney patients and care teams. Here we offer you information and resources worth repeating and some new additions to help you prepare!

Resources in Action

Great to see our resources in action at Island Health's Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. Many thanks to renal team member Kathy Kho (pictured here) and her whole team for featuring Emergency Preparedness on their Patient Education board!

Health professional insight and action

“In 2021, after the province experienced a series of devastating events, including a heat dome, wildfires, and flooding, the BC Renal Emergency Management Committee re-committed to taking action and fostering a preparedness culture. We have come together with the regional health authorities to support programs and ensure we can continue to provide care for people living with kidney disease in the event of an emergency.

Among other updates, in 2023 we updated our BC Renal Emergency Management Plan, which outlines disaster planning and response processes. This document is available on our Emergency Preparedness web page for health professionals.”

- Sarah Thomas, Chair, BC Renal Emergency Management Committee

Take quiz #2 and you could win a prize!

Personal Preparedness

Our second of two quizzes this month covers Personal Preparedness. Test your skill and enter to win an emergency kit stocked for four people. Complete the quiz to enter the draw!

Emergency Prep Quiz #2 Personal Preparedness

Video for patients

Check out our 1-minute emergency preparedness video on the BC Renal Youtube Channel, available in English, Chinese (中文) and Punjabi (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ). The video explains ways in which patients requiring dialysis can prepare for major emergencies such as wildfires, floods and earthquakes, and includes helpful tips for everyone


Take a look at BC Renal’s 2023 resources:

For health professionals:

For patients:

PROMIS information system for health professionals

Q&A about module in action during recent emergency/Info about module training

PROMIS Change Lead, Charles Hoare, recently connected with Alison McNary, Clinical Nurse Educator at Island Health, about how the Emergency Planning module of the PROMIS information system was used to assist a hemodialysis (HD) care team during a recent emergency. Read More

More info and resources

Thanks for helping us make Emergency Prep Month a success!