Disaster Relief

Disaster Relief Media Contact

Email media@freseniusmedicalcare.com or call (800)723-2384 for a timely response.


Our comprehensive approach to disasters ensures dialysis patients receive the life-sustaining care they need and our employees are safe and supported.

Patients can contact our 24-hour toll-free Patient Emergency Line at 800-626-1297.

Patient Resources


  • Our Disaster Response Team (DRT) maintains relationships with key local, regional and national entities – Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs), federal, state and local governments, first responders, volunteer organizations, utilities, and businesses, So when a disaster strikes, we ensure that critical needs for fuel, water, transportation, and other services are prioritized for patients receiving dialysis treatment.
  • We routinely conduct mock disaster trainings to ensure all parties are aware of protocols and understand their roles and responsibilities so that disaster operations run as smoothly as possible.
  • Once the DRT has been mobilized, daily update calls with representatives from departments across the company help ensure staff are empowered to take care of our patients quickly and effectively.
  • Mobilizing local Command Centers in response to a disaster is the backbone of our DRT operations. We bring in leadership from outside the impacted area to run the Command Centers, enabling local leadership to focus on clinic operations. Command Center staff works logistics including accounting for all patients and employees, and arranging for the distribution of food, personal generators and other necessary supplies. Our Renal Therapies Group Distribution Centers are used to stage supplies for shipping and/or distribution to the clinics.   


Hurricane Ida

Our Disaster Response Team was built to jump into action and that's just what they did when Hurricane Ida struck the Gulf Coast this summer. Watch how our team responded quickly, taking care of employees so they could take care of our patients, and providing both with generators, fuel, water, and other supplies when they were needed most.

Hurricane Michael

Our coordinated disaster response team arrived the day after Hurricane Michael struck Panama City, Fla., ensuring that every in-center or at-home dialysis patient in the impacted area, whether a Fresenius Medical Care patient or not, could continue receiving life-sustaining treatment.

Hurricane Maria

Fresenius Medical Care, a leading provider of dialysis treatments, shares their dedication to helping patients and employees in Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria.

Hurricane Maria

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Miguel Neris, Fresenius Medical Care North America clinical manager in Miami, Fla., traveled to Puerto Rico to help provide relief to local staff. For Miguel it was a homecoming.   

Hurricane Harvey

After flooding ravaged Houston, we partnered with a Duck Boat (amphibious vehicle) company in Mobile, Ala., to transport flood-stranded patients to clinics for life-sustaining dialysis treatments.

2017 Disaster Season

Fresenius Medical Care went above and beyond for its patients and employees during an unprecedented 2017 disaster season.



Emergency packets

Ahead of a significant storm, we provide patients with emergency packets including a three-day renal diet, a care transition report, a list of labs and medications and our patient emergency phone number. 



Patient emergency line

Patients can contact our 24-hour toll-free Patient Emergency Line at any time at 1-800-626-1297.



Patient contact

Our local teams and our Care Navigation Unit staff contact each of our patients directly to ensure their safety and continuity of care.




Ahead of a known disaster, our clinics extend hours and add shifts to provide dialysis treatment ahead of the disaster. We also prepare clinics in impacted regions for an influx of transient patients. 



Open door policy

Our doors are open to any patient, regardless of where they usually get their dialysis treatment.



Patient visits

After the disaster, we work to locate patients and make home visits where needed.



Repairs and logistics

If necessary, we will repair or replace dialysis machines and equipment, process lab work from across the country, ship medicines and supplies to where they are needed and provide vascular care to patients to ensure they maintain their vascular access for dialysis.




Housing and transportation

We bring in RVs and campers to provide housing for our employees and/or arrange for temporary housing or vehicles for them.




From bottled water to baby formula, diapers, food, clothes, toiletries and pet food, home supplies and repair items, Command Centers are stocked and open from dawn to dusk for employees in need. Command Center staff also help bring needed fuel and generators for our clinics and our employees’ vehicles and homes.



Childcare stipends

We assess individual and family/pet care needs of each employee and provide stipends to support their care.



Employee support

Our PTO Hardship Fund allows employees to donate available vacation hours to those affected by the disaster, and our FMCNA CARES Fund provides financial assistance up to $2,500 to impacted employees and their families – employees can donate to the fund as well.



Salary continuance plans

We assess the disaster and provide necessary salary continuance for employees in impacted areas.



Employee volunteers

Extra staff volunteer to work in impacted areas to provide supplemental staffing and support local patient needs.