CDC’s Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) program will present on July 11, 2018 a free continuing-education webinar on Messages and Audiences that will provide guidance on how to understand your audience(s) in an emergency, adapt messaging to reach and promote action in different audience segments, and how to use facts to build credibility and trust. For more information, see https://emergency.cdc.gov/cerc/training/webinar_20180711.asp.
CMS will host a national webinar on emergency preparedness topics and questions related to the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule, the 1135 waiver and lessons learned from the past year. Submit questions in advance to SCGEmergencyPrep@cms.hhs.gov, and register at https://events-cms.webex.com/mw3100/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=events-cms&service=6&rnd=0.8285319829141192&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fevents-cms.webex.com%2Fec3100%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b0000000244c881a0a6a61d6c14777c845c0a3dc8c38840c368ef620016a0e87c8252f63d%26siteurl%3Devents-cms%26confViewID%3D95986232972041796%26encryptTicket%3DSDJTSwAAAAL_ci1ZUJdBXYPAskpP66HvkvD4Cg8AiiEnGLU9a3jh-w2%26.
HealthInsight ESRD Network 18 will hold their 2018 Quality Conference July 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. Topics will include preserving renal function, emergency preparedness, cultural awareness and sensitivity, patient engagement and advocacy, the impact of dialysis, and CROWNWeb. Five CEs will be provided. Find details and register at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/ or http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efdferr9f760399d&llr=gfuz7mxab.
HealthInsight ESRD Network 16 will hold their 2018 Quality Conference October 11, 2018 in Tukwila WA. Topics will include the wearable kidney, patient-centered care, home dialysis, emergency preparedness, transplant, and mentoring, providing 6 CEUs for nurses, technicians, social workers, and dietitians. For details and registration see http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efe2a3np27c59239&llr=hakkwkrab.
The National Weather Service has continued until June 5, 2018 the flood warning for the Pend Oreille watershed in Northern Idaho and Northeastern Washingon. For details see https://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=IDZ001&warncounty=IDC017&firewxzone=IDZ101&local_place1=Sandpoint%20ID&product1=Flood+Warning&lat=48.2767&lon=-116.552.
Networks are required by CMS to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events. 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. Contact Ashley Thomsen at 206-923-0714 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Network office is closed on weekends, but we monitor phones remotely, so leave a message. We also ask that you fill out and submit the Network 16 Disaster Reporting Form, at https://nwrn.org/files/E/Interruptions.pdf.
CDC will present a free June 5, 2018 CE webinar on The Psychology of a Crisis, addressing how people process information differently during a crisis, psychological barriers to communication that tend to emerge in crises, factors that impact perception of risk, and how to build trust to communicate more effectively. For information and registration see https://emergency.cdc.gov/cerc/training/webinar_20180605.asp.
The National Weather Service warns that flooding is expected to continue through at least June 1, 2018 in the Pend Oreille watershed of Northern Idaho and Northeastern Washington. For details see https://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=IDZ001&warncounty=IDC017&firewxzone=IDZ101&local_place1=4%20Miles%20ESE%20Kootenai%20ID&product1=Flood+Warning&lat=48.2778&lon=-116.4423.
For Western Montana, the Weather Service provides a new map of counties and rivers, at https://www.weather.gov/mso/flooding. Click on your county name on the top of the page to see graphs of current and expected flooding conditions in your area.