We expect the northern half of Oregon and the southern half of Idaho to be heavily impacted by the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. Newsweek magazine foresees a possible “disaster-like” scenario, with extensive traffic jams and cellphone overloads in places that may not be prepared for them; see http://www.newsweek.com/solar-eclipse-space-national-disaster-solar-eclipse-prep-643766 . Some facilities have rescheduled patients to keep Monday August 21 open, but in some places the flood of visitors could also cause travel problems on the days before and after the eclipse. We included details of the eclipse path in our post at https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/nw16-821-heavy-eclipse-traffic/ .
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 of any kind, please let your Network know right away. For Network 16, contact Lisa Hall at LHall@nw16.esrd.net or 206-923-0714. We also ask that you fill out and submit the Network Disaster Reporting Form, which you can find at https://nwrn.org/files/E/Interruptions.pdf .