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September is National Preparedness Month!

September is National Preparedness Month!

September is National Preparedness Month!

This year’s theme is Don’t Wait- Communicate. We encourage all dialysis facilities to communicate with your patients and staff the importance of being prepared. It’s a great time to review your Emergency Plan with staff and patients so that if an emergency occurs everyone is prepared.

Use this month to join the national efforts to Prepare America to build awareness and encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies. Please update your information for the Network and consider the other ideas to create awareness in your clinic.

 

Communicate with the Network

Update your Facility Emergency Form and send it to the Network via fax at 816-880-9088 by September 16,2016.

Always notify the Network of any changes in operations due to emergencies or disasters!  Call or go online to submit your status report.

 

Communicate with your staff

  • Review your emergency plan and procedures.
  • Update all staff emergency contacts and encourage them to have a personal Emergency Plan.
  • Conduct your annual drill.

 

Communicate with your patients

1. Update all patient and staff Emergency Contact information.

2. Review one or more of the “My Plan” pages in your clinic’s MY KIDNEY KIT with your patients (also available at www.mykidneykit.org). They include: 

  • In Case of Emergency
  • Diabetic 3-Day Emergency Diet
  • Non-Diabetic 3-Day Emergency Diet
  • Pediatric 3-Day Emergency Diet Menu
  • Dialysis Emergency Takeoff
  • How To Disinfect My Drinking Water

3. Participate in America’s PrepareAthon on September 30th join by going to:https://community.fema.gov/

4. Update your bulletin board to promote Emergency Preparedness

5. Host a Lobby Day:

  • Display an emergency kit
  • Display items to have on hand for an emergency diet
  • Provide emergency forms or wallet cards
  • Run Public Service Announcements available on YouTube on the lobby TV (Ready.gov)

6. Check out the resources available to promote preparedness:

7. Visit Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition (KCER) http://www.kcercoalition.com/ for dialysis specific resources for clinics and patients

8. Help patients download the FEMA mobile apps for disaster resources, weather alerts and safety tips at https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app

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