Welcome to the October Edition of
KCER Watch
In This Issue
  • Get the Flu Facts. Get the Flu Shot.
  • It Is Time to Practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On!
  • Fire Prevention Month—Be Ready for the Unexpected
  • Preparing an After-Action Report for an Incident or Disaster
  • Going to a Public Disaster Shelter During COVID-19
Get the Flu Facts. Get the Flu Shot.
It is that time again. The flu is a serious illness that affects people of all ages. It is more dangerous for those who are high risk, including those with kidney disease. But even healthy people get the flu. And it is easily spread.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging all healthcare professionals and their patients to get the flu shot. Dialysis patients who skip the flu vaccine are more likely to be sicker if they do get the flu and may become dehydrated or develop pneumonia, leading to hospitalization. 

Medicare covers the cost of the flu shot, which is available at most healthcare provider offices, local pharmacies, senior centers, health centers, and other places in the community.

For more flu facts, visit the CDC Flu webpage
It Is Time to Practice Drop, Cover,
and Hold On!
This month, millions will participate in the Great ShakeOut Drills. It is an opportunity for people and organizations to practice the lifesaving “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” earthquake safety procedure.

Dialysis facility organizations can hold a ShakeOut drill whenever they want. Consider holding virtual drills over several dates and include people in multiple locations. International ShakeOut Day is Thursday, October 15. 

For tools and resources to help you practice earthquake drills, visit the ShakeOut website
Fire Prevention Month
Be Ready for the Unexpected
October is National Fire Prevention Month. Now is the best time to check on the age and condition of the smoke alarms in your home and office. Some alarms require alkaline batteries. If so, now is a good time to replace them. There are also fire alarms that have built-in lithium batteries. Those batteries should last the life of the alarm, which is usually 8–10 years. No matter the type, it is still a good idea to check the date of the battery’s age and conduct monthly tests of each unit.

Learn more at the Ready.gov Home Fires webpage. 
Preparing an After-Action Report for an Incident or Disaster
Kidney  Community Emergency Response (KCER) has a new resource for organizations who need help writing an after-action report (AAR) for an incident or disaster. KCER partnered with the Tampa Bay Health & Medical Preparedness Coalition (TBHMPC) to record a webinar that covers the basics of preparing an AAR and Improvement Plan (IP) for an incident or disaster. An AAR is a tool used to assess an organization’s response to an incident or disaster. The report summarizes what took place during the event, analyzes the actions taken by the organization, and provides opportunities for improvement.

In the webinar, TBHMPC provides an overview of its simplified AAR template and gives tips for preparing a complete and useful AAR/IP. Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)-specific topics are also discussed to assist you in evaluating your response to the pandemic. Visit the KCER website to view the AAR-related webinar and materials.
Going to a Public Disaster Shelter
During COVID-19
A public shelter may be the only safe option for some people who must evacuate during an emergency or disaster. Whether you are evacuating due to a wildfire, tornado, or hurricane, it is important to be prepared and take steps now to help protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Visit the CDC Protect Yourself website for details.

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This material was prepared the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) contractor, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy nor imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. FL-KCER-7K5T10-10072020-01