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/.

7/4-8 Heat and Fire Danger

Extreme Temperatures are expected for much of Southern California through at least Saturday, exceeding 110°F inland south of Bakersfield and exceeding or approaching 100°F in most of the rest of Network 18.  Network 16 will not be as hot, but many areas will have low humidity and temperatures higher than usual.  Fire danger will be widespread, particularly around fireworks.

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.

Patients and facility staff may find these resources useful:

NW16 <6/5 Flood Warning N ID, NE WA

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 athomsen@nw16.esrd.net.  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.