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
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.