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Emergency Preparedness

BC Renal and health authority renal 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. 

Emergency preparedness video for patients


Check out our emergency preparedness video available on the BC Renal Youtube Channel! Offered as well with translated closed captions. 

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.


Emergencies can happen at any time and without warning.  Renal programs should have an emergency staffing plan to ensure minimal disruptions in dialysis provision.  BC Renal resources to support planning include: 

In the event of significant emergencies, health authority renal programs may establish Emergency Operations Centres (EOCs), where each region has a designated EOC. BC Renal may also activate a corresponding virtual Emergency Task Group (ETG) in the event of renal network-wide emergencies or when a HARP is impacted and requires provincial-level leadership support.

Collaborative emergency management between BC Renal and the health authorities ensures an integrated and comprehensive approach to emergencies across multiple regions.


BC Renal resources to support Emergency Task Group activation include:

  1. BC Renal Emergency Response Matrix & Level of Response
  2. BC Renal Emergency Task Group Escalation Guide
  3. BC Renal Emergency Task Group Structure
  4. BC Renal & Health Authority Coordination Structure

BC Renal created wallet cards and a booklet to support patients in preparing for emergencies. These resources are located on our Emergency Preparedness page for patients

We also produced a 'planning for disaster' poster you can display in your units and clinics to raise awareness about emergency preparedness and the emergency renal diet.

Emergency Preparedness Month

Every May, the BC Renal Emergency Management Committee promotes emergency preparedness to all kidney 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.

Emergency Preparedness Month 2024 - Newsletter #1

Emergency Preparedness Month 2024 - Newsletter #2

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