September is National Preparedness Month

As summer comes to a close and weather shifts, it’s time to prepare for potential emergencies. Start by putting together an emergency kit with enough supplies to last you seven to 10 days.

It doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. The most important thing is to start.

The American Red Cross Preparedness Calendar has tips to help you build an emergency kit and increase your know-how slowly but surely in just 24 weeks.

If you are on dialysis, it’s important to think things through and get ready in advance in case you can’t leave home, must leave in a hurry or have some other change in your routine. See this important information on emergency preparedness for Northwest Kidney Centers patients.

emergency 3 day diet
Sample 3-Day emergency diet for dialysis patients.

Emergency Kit Basics for Everyone
These items are considered critical to have in any family’s emergency kit — additional items are up to you.


  • 1 gallon per person per day
  • 1/2 for cooking/sanitation


  • Store food that’s high in calories and has a long shelf-life
  • Consider meal replacement bars, canned foods and dry food items that don’t need to be cooked to eat
  • Make sure to include food you like to eat

Light Source

  • Avoid candles to minimize fire risk
  • Include safe light options like a battery-powered flashlight with extra batteries or a hand-crank flashlight
  • Glow sticks are long-lasting, inexpensive and fit easily into any size bag


  • Include at least one change of clothing
  • If you get wet, it’s important that you dry off as soon as possible because moisture pulls heat away from your body (wool or synthetic clothing that wicks moisture away from your body is recommended)
  • To stay warm and dry, you can also pack extra blankets, a tarp or rain gear

First Aid

  • Include items for basic care like adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, gauze pads, scissors, tweezers and pain-relief medication
  • Make sure to include medications and equipment specific to your needs

Consider having emergency kits for your home, car, workplace and school. It may be wise for you to have a smaller kit in case you need to quickly leave your home.

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