AAKP HealthLine Webinar Summary: Prepping and Staying Safe During Emergencies (posted Sept. 18, 2018)
Written by Melinda Starling, AAKP Communications Intern
Stephen Fadem, MD, a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine’s Section of Nephrology, spoke on an AAKP HealthLine webinar on emergency preparedness for natural disasters on September 5th, 2018. Additionally, Keely Lenoir, Manager of the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Program, provided tips and resources available in the kidney community. The webinar also included personal experiences from Melissa Tuff, a dialysis patient, who rode out Hurricane Irma in Florida.
Here are a few takeaways from the webinar:
Know Your Risks
- Loss of power
- Compromised access to dialysis centers
Patient Preparedness (READY)
R- Rx: Take any medications.
E- ER: Know location of emergency routes/rooms.
A- Access: Have important numbers and websites on hand.
D- Diet & Liquids: Stock up on food and water to last for days.
Y- You: Make a plan with family, friends, and neighbors.
“Things can be replaced, you can’t.” Be sure to pack an emergency bag that you can just grab and go in a quick manner. Leave it to the essentials, as the more you bring, the harder it will be to transport.
Be cautious in the types of food you keep stocked. Non-perishable foods and a can opener are essential. Kidney patients should watch out for salty foods, and make sure to have one gallon of water per person per day.
Before, during and after the storm, stay safe. Do not go outside and avoid drinking any water that looks or smells strange.
Take safety precautions even after the storm. Avoid driving into water or letting children play in it. Stay away from any downed power lines. Avoid contaminated water.
Know your resources.
There are many resources available to patients and their families during times of disaster. The Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Program has a website with links to very helpful information and updates. For more information, go to www.kcercoalition.com.
The full webinar is available for you to listen at https://aakp.org/aakp-healthline/ and click on the “Past Webinar” button.