Every May, BC Renal and our provincial Emergency Management Committee raise awareness about the importance of emergency preparedness among kidney patients and care teams.


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

Quick tips for patients

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  • Make sure you have a minimum of three days worth of food and supplies. It’s ideal to have up to two weeks worth if possible. Don’t forget to include medications, a good supply of water, and pet needs in your planning.
  • Patients: Remember to have your emergency wallet card easily available or better yet, wear a "medical alert" identifier such as a bracelet, to help medical workers know about your dialysis or transplant needs.
  • Home dialysis patients: If possible, try to keep some basic dialysis supplies in case of emergencies, or if you need to go to a different care facility than usual.

Take our quiz and you could win a prize!

Emergency Preparedness Week is May 7-13. Take this week's "Patient At-Home Preparedness Week" quiz - with dialysis patients in mind - to test your skill and enter to win one of two emergency kits stocked for two or four people. Complete the quiz to enter the draw!

Emergency Prep Quiz

PROMIS Emergency Planning module assists care teams

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

Encore story: Lessons learned

We can learn from the past to deal with the future: Revisit this remarkable story of how Fraser Health hemodialysis patient, Pat and renal clinical nurse specialist, Sherri took on life-threatening challenges that came with the Fraser Valley floods in November 2021.

BC hemodialysis patient and nurse who adapted to extreme flood conditions share their experience

More info and resources

Thanks for helping us make Emergency Prep Month a success!