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.
- Week 1: (Sept. 1- Sept. 7) Build an Emergency Kit Food? Water? Pet Supplies? See the recommended items checklist for an Emergency Supply Kit: http://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/checklist_1.pdf
- Week 2: (Sept. 8- Sept. 14) Make a Plan Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another. Think about how you will communicate in different situations. Download FEMA' s Family Emergency Plan http://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/FamEmePlan_2013.pdf
Also available for download in Spanish.
Have Pets? If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own and if they do, you may not be able to find them when you return. Visit FEMA's Ready page for Caring for Animals in an emercency.
http://www.ready.gov/caring-animals. Download their pet owner's brochure or download the Printer Friendly version in both English and Spanish.
- Week 3: (Sept. 15 - Sept. 21) Get Informed! Get to know the potential emergencies that can happen where you live and how to respond to them.
» Get Alerts from http://www.ready.gov/alerts
» Get Wireless Emergency Alerts
Download a FEMA Fact Sheet on Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) [PDF format, Size: 118Kbs]
In English http://www.fema.gov/medialibrary/media_records/12177
In Spanish http://www.fema.gov/medialibrary/media_records/12178
» Learn About:
Natural Disasters: http://www.ready.gov/natural-disasters
- Week 4: (Sept. 23- Sept. 29) Preparing for Emergencies: A Guide for People on Dialysis brochure. This brochure is available in both
English Preparing for Emergencies: A Guide for People on Dialysis [Version:2002, PDF, 146KB] [This booklet out of print; use available link for download.] and
Spanish Preparese para Emergencias: Una guia para personas en dialisis [Version:2004, PDF, 1.6MB] [This booklet out of print; use available link for download.] versions.
Tips for ESRD patients to prepare for an emergency:
» Preparing a stock of supplies
» Keeping medical information up-to-date
» 3- Day Emergency ESRD Diet
» Disinfecting water
» Alternate arrangements for care
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 Emergency Response Plan [PDF, 30KB]
- Network Patient Identification Card (downloard template and print back-to-back on Avery 4-up postcard stock) [PDF, 122KB]
Manuals for Facilities
- Emergency Preparedness for Dialysis Care Facilities: A Guide for Chronic Dialysis Facilities [PDF, 2.26MB]
- Planning for Natural Disasters and Other Types of Emergencies: A Guide for Dialysis Facilities (NKF) [PDF, 1.07MB]
- Hurricane-Related Information for Health Care Professionals
Manuals for Patients
- Preparing for Emergencies: A Guide for People on Dialysis [Version:2002, PDF, 146KB] [This booklet out of print; use available link for download.]
- Preparese para Emergencias: Una guia para personas en dialisis [Version:2004, PDF, 1.6MB] [This booklet out of print; use available link for download.]
- Planning for Natural Disasters (NKF) [PDF, 2.23MB]
- Guide for Dialysis & Transplant Patients (Network 14) [PDF, 424KB]
Also available in Spanish [PDF, 424KB]
- Infection Control for Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Patients
Emergency Dialysis Services Guidelines
- Bringing Hemodialysis Facilities Water Systems Back on Line After a Hurricane
- Safe Use of Tanker Water for Dialysis
- Guidelines for Dialysis Care Providers on Boil Water Advisories
- Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities
State and Federal Emergency Management Offices
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.
- Illinois http://www.iema.illinois.gov/iema/contacts/contacts.htm
- Indiana http://www.in.gov/dhs/2797.htm
- Kentucky http://kyem.ky.gov/
- Ohio http://ema.ohio.gov/
State Department of Health
- Indiana http://www.state.in.us/isdh/ for local offices visit http://www.state.in.us/isdh/23926.htm
- Kentucky http://chfs.ky.gov/ for local offices visit http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/mch/lhdlinks.htm
- Ohio http://www.odh.ohio.gov/ for local offices visit http://www.odh.ohio.gov/localHealthDistricts/localHealthDistricts.aspx
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
- FEMA for Kids Homepage
- Learn About the Types of Disasters
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Health and Safety Concerns for All Disasters
- Infection Control After a Disaster
- Infectious Disease After a Disaster
Other links with helpful information:
- The American Red Cross
- U. S. Department of Energy
- U. S. Department of Health and Human Services