Keep your emergency phone numbers handy. When bad weather threatens, contact your and follow instructions they may provide. FMCNA offers a patient hotline at 1-800-626-1297, for any FMCNA or non-FMCNA patients who need help finding the nearest open dialysis facility in a disaster.
The hotline is staffed by customer service specialists who can provide locations and contact numbers for alternate facilities, if necessary.
Have a disaster plan. Talk to your doctor, dialysis care team and family about your disaster plan - what you should do and where you should go if a disaster strikes. Keep track of local weather forecasts.
Keep proper emergency supplies on hand. Have ready access to a first-aid kit, flashlight (with extra batteries), blankets, battery-powered radio, cell phone, non-electric can opener and any necessary medications.
Make sure you have a ride. If you are an in-center patient, arrange for backup transportation to the clinic with a friend, neighbor or family member.
Plan for power outages. If you are a home dialysis patient and you lose power, follow the directions given to you by the home training staff for continuing dialysis in an emergency.
Adjust your insulin. If you are diabetic, ask your doctor how to adjust your insulin dosage if severe flooding is forecasted for your area.
Note: Anyone who needs dialysis, whether or not they are a Fresenius Medical Care patient, can call 1-800-626-1297 to find the nearest open clinic. For more information on preparing for a disaster, visit http://www.ultracare-dialysis.com and click on "Be Prepared."