Disaster Notifications

CMS requires Networks to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events like the recent major earthquake in Alaska.  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.

Find requirements and recommendations on earthquake preparedness for patients and providers at:

NW18 Fire Danger Ventura-LA-Riverside-SB-SD Counties

Major evacuations are still in effect in western Los Angeles and eastern Ventura Counties, as the fires there remain active.  Wind Advisories and Red Flag Fire Warnings are in effect for Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego Counties.  Very low humidity and dangerous Santa Ana winds with gusts up to 70mph are expected through at least November 14, 2018.  Any open flame can be blocks away before it blows out, so use extreme caution and call 911 if you encounter fire or downed power lines.  Stay in touch with local radio and television coverage, and be alert for bulletins from your local Emergency Response agencies, Fire, and Police Departments.

CMS requires Networks 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.

To reduce future fire danger in your area, see:

NW18 Tropical Storm Rosa

Tropical Storm Rosa appears to be impacting Arizona more than California, but for the next few days there are still possibilities of thunderstorms that could trigger flash floods in vulnerable areas, and mudslides in places downhill from the recent fires near Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Burbank, and Sylmar.  Be alert for local weather reports and local emergency bulletins.

CMS requires Networks 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.

Disaster Preparedness

We’ve added to the Emergency Preparedness page of the Network 16 website a resource from the USC Dept. of Nursing on What Can Chronically Ill Patients Do to Brace for Natural Disasters?  Find our Preparedness page at https://www.nwrn.org/emergency-prep.html, and the USC resource at https://nursing.usc.edu/blog/chronic-conditions-natural-disaster/.

September is National Preparedness Month.  Find relevant Resources at:

7/25+ Heat/Fire Update

High temperatures are still expected and, because of nearby wildfires, Air Quality Alerts are posted “until the fires are extinguished” for:

Excessive heat remains in the forecast for most of Southern California except the coast, through July 28, 2018, with peaks nearing 120°F in the hottest places; see https://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=CAZ061&warncounty=CAC065&firewxzone=CAZ261&local_place1=Palm%20Desert%20CA&product1=Excessive+Heat+Watch&lat=33.7338&lon=-116.3928.

CMS requires Networks 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.  For reporting instructions, and information on hydration, keeping cool, and preventing fires, see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/7-4-8-heat-and-fire-danger/.

7/19+ Fire Danger and Heat in WA, OR, CA

Red Flag (extreme fire danger) Warnings are posted for:

Temperatures over 100°F are expected and, because of nearby wildfires, Air Quality Alerts are posted “until the fires are extinguished” for:

Excessive heat is expected in most of Southern California, except the coastline, through July 25, 2018, especially July 23-25, with peaks well over 110°F in the usual hot spots; see https://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=CAZ061&warncounty=CAC065&firewxzone=CAZ261&local_place1=Palm%20Desert%20CA&product1=Excessive+Heat+Watch&lat=33.7338&lon=-116.3928.

CMS requires Networks 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.  For reporting instructions and information on hydration, keeping cool, and preventing fires, see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/7-4-8-heat-and-fire-danger/.