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.

NW16 5/25+ Continued Flooding in WA, ID

The National Weather Service warns that flooding is expected to continue through at least June 1, 2018 in the Pend Oreille watershed of Northern Idaho and Northeastern Washington.  For details see https://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=IDZ001&warncounty=IDC017&firewxzone=IDZ101&local_place1=4%20Miles%20ESE%20Kootenai%20ID&product1=Flood+Warning&lat=48.2778&lon=-116.4423.

For Western Montana, the Weather Service provides a new map of counties and rivers, at https://www.weather.gov/mso/flooding.  Click on your county name on the top of the page to see graphs of current and expected flooding conditions in your area.

See also https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/nw16-5-18-flooding-in-wa-id-mt/.

NW16 <5/18 Flooding in WA, ID, MT

The National Weather Service has warned of spring flooding in Northern and Northeastern Washington, Northern Idaho, and Western Montana, through May 17, 2018.  For details, type in your location (“Town, ST” or zip code) at https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Tonasket&state=WA&site=OTX&textField1=48.7053&textField2=-119.438&e=0 and look for links under “Hazardous Weather Conditions” near the top of the page.

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 Lisa Hall or Ashley Thomsen at 206-923-0714 or by email at LHall@nw16.esrd.net or 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.