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      Chronic kidney disease: planning for disasters

      A dozen people gathered at the Adair County Health Department in Kirksville for their emergency planning clinic.

      A dozen people gathered at the Adair County Health Department in Kirksville for their emergency planning clinic.

      The clinic wasn't your normal clinic; it was one that addressed the importance of having a plan in place for people with chronic kidney disease.

      The delivery of health care services can be disrupted by natural disasters, similar to the tornado that struck Oklahoma.

      Today the Dialysis Clinic, Inc. based out of Columbia, Mo. wanted to make sure those with chronic diseases are prepared for emergencies.

      "This is community education and it's emergency preparedness," said Tony Warren, administrator at Dialysis Clinic, Inc. "We do this from the perspective of our patients who have real failure, but it's really for the entire community and stressing the importance of everybody being prepared for an emergency. Preparation is absolutely key, preparation is the key to success, and sometimes it's the key to survival."

      Those that attended learned how to properly pack an emergency bag if a disaster were to occur.

      Warren says it's important for everyone to have an emergency preparedness plan, but especially those with chronic diseases.

      If you would like to know more about how to prepare for an emergency CLICK HERE.