Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Planning

National Preparedness Month & Kidney Disaster Awareness Week

September is National Preparedness Month & Kidney Disaster Awareness Week is September 23, 2013 to September 29, 2013. To raise awareness download flyer and post in facility or handout to patients. Download FEMA brochures to assist patients in developing a emergency kit and disaster plan.

  • Are You Prepared? (Handout in both English [PDF brochure, size: 45Kbs] and Spanish [PDF brochure, size: 45 Kbs] versions) Prepare for Emergencies Now: Information to Get Ready (FEMA brochure in both English [PDF brochure, size: 372 Kbs] and Spanish [PDF brochure, size: 296 Kbs] versions)

Create awareness through weekly activities. Use the recommended resources offered below or develop your own events using local resources.

The following resources are offered to assists ESRD facilities to meet federal regulations governing emergency preparedness and develop their own emergency preparedness plans.

  • Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Coalition is pleased to announce the release of the CMS publication, Disaster Preparedness: A Guide for Chronic Dialysis Facilities – Second Edition [PDF, 916Kb]
    Also, to increase the usability of documents contained in the appendices, these forms have been made available in a separate Word document allowing customization to individual facility needs Supplemental Appendix of Customizable Forms [Word doc, 0.97Mb]
  • The Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Coalition provides technical assistance to ESRD Networks, CMS organizations, and other groups to ensure timely and efficient emergency preparedness, response, and recovery for the kidney community. KCER Lavender Patient Identification Cards (download template)[PDF, 298KB]
  • CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Proposal would establish national emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid-participating providers and suppliers to ensure that they adequately plan for both natural and man-made disasters, and coordinate with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems. It would also ensure that these providers and suppliers are adequately prepared to meet the needs of patients, residents, clients, and participants during disasters and emergency situations.

Network Resources

Manuals for Facilities

Manuals for Patients

Emergency Dialysis Services Guidelines

State and Federal Emergency Management Offices

Ready America
Ready America is a national public service campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. Visit the Ready America website http://www.ready.gov/ for natioanl, local and children's resources.

A Spanish language version of this site is available at http://www.ready.gov/translations/spanish/. Other languages are also available. Visit http://www.ready.gov/translations/ to see available other language resources.

State Emergency Management Office
Aside from natural disasters, it is important to be alert to threats resulting from terrorist acts. The following links access the individual state agencies responsible for homeland security.

State Department of Health

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Last updated on: February 25, 2014