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Disaster Planning

BC Renal and health authority programs have jointly developed a Provincial Renal Emergency Management and Business Continuity Plan.

This plan is designed to address all types of hazards (natural, man-made or health emergency) that might be experienced by the network and its partners across the province. 


The plan is based on the Health Authority BC Emergency Response Management System, and is in compliance with all applicable legislation and regulations. Where possible, it incorporates the Canadian Standards Association Z1600 standard as well as expectations required by the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation.

The plan is designed to:
  • ensure hazard, risk and vulnerability assessments are conducted at regular intervals to identify potential impacts that either BC Renal or its partner facilities may experience, and to implement mitigating measures where possible to diminish widespread dislocation of clinical services and to support operational activities
  • detail the structures required to ensure an organized, comprehensive and effective provincial response to any major incident or circumstance that is, or can become, a major emergency or disaster that exceeds the capabilities of a regional health authority response
  • support collaborative emergency management planning between BC Renal, its health authority partners and patients to ensure an integrated and comprehensive approach to preparedness, response, business continuity practices and recovery.

Emergency preparedness information for hemodialysis patientsThis template can be customized for your program. For an example, view Providence Health Care's booklet.

Q&A on regional renal emergency plans and Q&A on the provincial renal emergency plan.

The following resources are available via the online order form:

Preparedness month

Emergency Preparedness Month

Every May, the BC Renal Emergency Management Group promotes emergency preparedness to all renal patients, staff and physicians. The aim of this initiative is to increase the community’s collective ability to respond in the event of a disaster.

Key objectives of the month include:
  • update and test the emergency contact (phone-tree) list
  • encourage at least one "lunch and learn" education session for staff in each program throughout the month
  • provide emergency preparedness booklets for patient
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