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Dialysis Centers

Dialysis Centers play an essential role in planning for and responding to a citywide public health emergency. Here you will find information, tools and resources to improve mitigation, response, and recovery during emergencies.


Emergency Operation Plan (EOP) for Dialysis Centers

Update your facility’s Emergency Operation Plan by customizing the following templates. Continuity of Operation Plan (COOP) for Dialysis Centers: Below are templates to develop COOP plans to prepare your facility to maintain uninterrupted operations during an emergency.


Personal Emergency Preparedness for Dialysis: Patient gives the viewer tips on preparedness planning for people with end stage renal disease. Topics include special diet considerations, communications, supplies needed for power outage events, and where and how to obtain emergency preparedness resources.

Maps of NYC Dialysis Centers: Dialysis centers located in New York City.

NorthHelp Coalition Dialysis “White Paper”: NorthHelp is a coalition of healthcare facilities that serve dialysis patients. Their “White Paper” Report describes the roles and responsibilities of City, State, and Federal Agencies during an emergency.

Planning for Emergencies (A Guide for People with Chronic Kidney Disease): The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation. Dialysis treatment can be disrupted by natural disasters (blizzards, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.) as well as by other types of emergency situations, such as electrical power blackouts. This guide provides information for patients and providers on how to prepare for emergencies including diet, emergency phone lists, medication tips, and special considerations based on the type of disaster.

Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Program: The Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Program provides technical assistance to End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Networks, kidney organizations, and other groups to ensure timely and efficient disaster preparedness, response, and recovery for the kidney community. The KCER Program’s disaster preparedness resources help save lives, improve outcomes, empower patients and families, educate healthcare workers, build partnerships with stakeholders, promote readiness in the community, and support the ESRD Network. KCER is a program of the End Stage Renal Disease National Coordinating Center under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Disaster Mental Health

Learn how to cope with stressful and traumatic events. The stress from unexpected emergencies can be overwhelming, but if we are mentally and emotionally prepared, we can manage better. Learn more to understand what you can do to cope with disasters and other stressful and traumatic events.

NOTE: The development of these materials was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number TP000546 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and/or Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and/or Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Any commercial use of these materials is strictly prohibited.