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 .

September Preparedness Month

CDC, along with other organizations and agencies, declares September to be National Preparedness Month.  They urge everyone to take action before, during, and after an emergency.  Their recommendations include:

  • Every community should be ready to respond to infectious disease outbreaks, chemical spills or radiation releases, and natural disasters.
  • Public health systems should have the capacity to scale up quickly to respond to the varying demands of public health emergencies.

For more information see https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6636a1.htm .

<9/4 More Heat

Unusually warm temperatures are expected to continue to:
  • Exceed 100°F through the rest of this week in much of Southern California, and exceed  110°F in desert areas
  • Exceed 100°F into next week in inland Southwestern Oregon
  • Approach 100°F into next week in the Willamette Valley and inland Southwestern Washington
  • Be hotter than usual into next week in the rest of inland Western Washington

Fire danger will remain high, and many areas have air quality issues from existing wildfires.  Monitor your local conditions and warnings by navigating the map at http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-122.73158194273302&lat=45.50278002631191#.WahtM4U_fH8 and clicking on your specific location.

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 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 .

Patients and facility staff may find these resources useful:

<8/31 Heat Advisories

High temperatures this week are expected to be:

  • Well over 110°F in the Coachella and Imperial Valleys through Wednesday
  • Over 100°F in most of the rest of Southern California through Wednesday
  • Approaching 100°F in San Diego, the Owens Valley, and San Luis Obispo County through Wednesday
  • Over 100°F in Southwest Oregon through Tuesday
  • Approaching 100°F in the Willamette Valley on Monday.
  • Near or above 100°F in Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington this week

While no significant wildfires appear to be causing evacuations or disrupting transportation at this time, many populated areas in the Pacific Northwest have air quality warnings from fires in their hinterlands.

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 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 .

Patients and facility staff may find these resources useful:

8/21 NW16 Heavy Traffic

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 .