The National Weather Service is warning people in North-Central Montana that the far-below-zero weather there, expected to continue through at least 13 February, can frostbite exposed skin in as little as five minutes. For details and more accurate location information, click HERE.
NWS is also warning about relatively heavy snow in the Puget Sound region through at least 13 February, making travel “very difficult to impossible.” For details about the North and Central Sound, click HERE, and for details about the South Sound, Hoods Canal, and the Chehalis Basin, click HERE. Weather conditions seem to be improving in Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon, but snow, and ice-storms in the usual locations, have been making travel “challenging” and are still possible; click HERE for details. Click HERE for details about the area around Salem.
CMS requires ESRD Networks to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events at all facilities, including disruptions due to wildfire, excessive heat or cold, water pollution, stormy weather, or any other natural or man-made event that interrupts your normal schedules. If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to have access to dialysis, are impacted by emergency events, please let your Network know right away.
For Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska (Network 16), call Brianna Smith at 206-923-0714 or email BSmith2@Comagine.org. We also ask that you fill out and submit the Network Disaster Reporting Form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/view.php?id=44393. (Network 18 will forward the completed form back to Network 16.)
In Southern California (Network 18), call Brianna Smith at 206-923-0714 or email BSmith2@Comagine.org, and fill out the form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298.
Never put PHI or PII in an email or online form. Examples include patient name or initials, birthdate, SSN, and other identifying information.