There are a few ways dialysis patients can be impacted by emergencies such as forest fires, winter storms or flooding. Here are some ways to be prepared in case of an emergency weather situation:
While many of our facilities have never had to face any type of emergency or evacuation, some have been affected over the past few years. It is not always a natural disaster that can affect a dialysis unit. If a facility is having structural or electrical issues, that may require us to temporarily relocate patients until necessary work is completed.
In Manitoba some of the issues that may lead to evacuation or temporary closure of a unit include flooding, forest fires, water contamination, lack of water or hydro outages.
When a unit has to be closed temporarily, patients will be contacted about alternate arrangements for where they will get their treatment.
A list of dialysis unit locations and contact information can be found here. If you cannot get ahold of your unit, you can contact your regional health authority or 204-632-3607.
Some patients may have to evacuate their homes in an emergency situation. If you are evacuated from your home, make sure any assisting organizations know you are a dialysis patient. If you are leaving your community, make sure to contact your dialysis unit (when possible) for instructions on where to go for dialysis.
Some people may be affected by weather and not able to make it to a dialysis treatment on short notice. In this case, please call your unit to make a plan with your health-care team. They can help manage your health needs and plan for your next treatment.