<12/11 NW18 Fire Warnings Extended Again

Red Flag Warnings for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties have been extended by the National Weather Service through Monday evening.  A Red Flag Warning means that, due to high winds, low humidity, and/or high temperatures, any open flame can become another wildfire with potential to reduce entire neighborhoods to ash.  With the exception of the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, most of the existing fires in Southern California are now under control.  However, with the Red Flag Warning still posted, new fires could erupt at any time.  The Thomas Fire is only 10% contained, and is still in danger of spreading west toward Santa Barbara, east toward Fillmore, and/or north toward Wheeler Springs.

HealthInsight ESRD Alliance Network 18

Serving Southern California

Disaster Preparedness Newsletter

Preparing the ESRD community for an emergency before it occurs is a priority at Network 18. Living with or providing care to those living with chronic illness that require ongoing life-sustaining treatment makes being prepared of the utmost importance.

Southern California Fires

In light of all the fires in our Network, please ensure that you, your staff and your patients are prepared. The winds are high and fire warnings are red flag across our region. Stay alert and informed.

For Up to Date Fire Information See http://www.fire.ca.gov/ .

If your unit or your patients are in a fire or evacuation zone please be prepared for the following:

1.  If your unit needs to shut down operations, be prepared to work with your back up facility.

2.  Make sure all patients have a copy of their treatment snapshot so dialysis needs are known.  This will make transfers much easier. Provide patients with an emergency diet and fluid restrictions in the event they are unable to receive care as needed in the next few days.

3.  Ensure that all patients are accounted for.

4.  If patients are unable to get to your unit due to evacuations or road closures, please assist them in getting treated at another facility that they can access.

5.  Don’t forget about your home dialysis patients.  Please ensure all are accounted for and have the supplies they need.

The Network is here to assist you with all of the above items.  Please reach out if you need us.  Keep up informed of your status.

Phone: 1-888-268-1539;  office hours 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday

Email After Hours: erhodes@nw18.esrd.net or jaguilar@nw18.esrd.net .

Need more resources?  KCER, at http://www.kcercoalition.com/en/ has many resources for patients, staff and their families.  Find the KCER Watch Newsletter at http://www.kcercoalition.com/en/resources/kcer-watch/2017-kcer-watch-newsletters/ .

Keep the Network Informed

Should you experience any interruption in service please notify the Network right away.  We are available to assist you.  Please complete the Interruption In Service Form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298 to help us stay informed of your situation and to let us know what your needs are.

nw18 <12/9+ Fire Danger

Warnings about Santa Ana winds and high fire danger in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties have been extended through Saturday, 9 December, 2017, and Santa Barbara County has been added.  In some areas the danger may extend into next week.

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.  In Southern and South-Central California (Network 18), contact Eileen Rhodes or Julie Aguilar at 888-268-1539 or by email at ERhodes@nw18.esrd.net or JAguilar@nw18.esrd.net , and fill out the form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298 .

nw18 <12/7 Fire Danger

Santa Ana winds and high fire danger are expected in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties until Thursday 7 December, 2017.  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.  In Southern and South-Central California (Network 18), contact Eileen Rhodes or Julie Aguilar at 888-268-1539 or by email at ERhodes@nw18.esrd.net or JAguilar@nw18.esrd.net , and fill out the form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298 .

11/15 KCER Newsletter October

KCER has published their October 2017 Newsletter, with articles on the following:

  • Emergency Preparedness Requirements Go into Effect November 15, 2017
  • Flu Season is Here: Time for a Shot
  • How to Prepare for a Wildfire
  • Emotional Support After a Disaster
  • Protecting Your Dialysis Vascular Access
  • Handwashing After a Disaster

Find the Newsletter at http://kcercoalition.com/contentassets/1fc6b84d9aeb48818c8a1fc8ea2830c9/102017kcerwatchoct2017fnl508.pdf .

<10/26 NW18 Heat, Fire Danger

High temperatures, Santa Ana winds, and Red Flag fire danger warnings are expected in Southern California between the mountains and the sea, from San Luis Obispo to San Diego, until Wednesday.

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.

In Southern and South-Central California (Network 18), contact Eileen Rhodes or Julie Aguilar at 888-268-1539 or by email at ERhodes@nw18.esrd.net or JAguilar@nw18.esrd.net , and fill out the form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298 .

For Washington and Oregon (Network 16), contact Lisa Hall or Ashley Thomsen at 206-923-0714 or by email at LHall@nw16.esrd.net or athomsen@nw16.esrd.net.  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 .

Patients and facility staff may find these resources useful:

Emergency Preparedness Month

Northwest Renal Network’s latest Network Consumer News issue is on “September Is National Emergency Preparedness Month.”  It introduces the Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition’s “KCER Prep Rally,” and includes a list of useful tips to make emergency preparedness easier and more effective.  The issue is accompanied by a Spanish version, and a “Tell Us What You Think” feedback page in both English and Spanish.  Find all of this at https://nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/ncn.html .