Following the Loma Prieta earthquake, patients’ access to care was severely impacted by temporary closure of several dialysis facilities. These closures demonstrated an obvious need for additional disaster preparedness for dialysis facilities.
With funding from CMS, the ESRD Network 17 developed a manual entitled “Disaster Preparedness: A Guide for Chronic Dialysis Facilities” which includes best practices for preparing for and responding to disasters based on many lessons learned from the Loma Prieta earthquake.
The Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Coalition provides technical assistance to ESRD Networks, Medicare organizations, and other groups to ensure timely and efficient disaster preparedness, response, and recovery for the kidney community.
The KCER Coalition strives to provide disaster preparedness resources to save lives, improve outcomes, empower patients and families, educate healthcare workers, build partnerships with stakeholders, promote readiness in the community, and support the ESRD Network Program.
Take a few minutes to browse the information about the Coalition; Response Teams; and resources for patients, providers, ESRD Networks, and emergency management. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
The Jackson County (Florida) Emergency Management Department has undertaken an initiative entitled Operation Full Access. The program focuses on disability disaster planning and has goals which include: