Welcome to the June Special Edition of
KCER Watch
In This Issue
  • Prepare for the 2019 Hurricane Season

  • Develop an Emergency Preparedness Plan

  • Build an Emergency Kit

  • Assemble Items for a Three-day Emergency Diet

  • Visit the ESRD NCC Patient Grant Library

  • Download the What If… KCER Awareness Campaign
Prepare for the 2019 Hurricane Season
The 2019 hurricane season runs from June 1–November 30, 2019. Forecasters are predicting there will be fourteen named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes. This prediction is a little above the 30-year average of twelve named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes. What does this mean for the U.S? It means one or more of the fourteen named storms predicted to develop this season could hit land. It’s important to develop a plan and stay prepared .
Develop an Emergency Preparedness Plan
Now is the best time to plan for a major storm. Hurricanes are strong storms that can be life-threatening. It’s important to have an emergency preparedness plan ready in the event a storm threatens your community. Use the document in the link below to help create your family’s emergency preparedness plan.

Build an Emergency Kit
A major part of having an emergency preparedness plan is building an emergency preparedness kit. You’ll need supplies to last you for at least three days. Click on the following link to build your family’s emergency supply kit. 

Assemble Items for a Three-Day Emergency Diet
A major emergency like a hurricane can knock out power to your community, disrupt transportation, or cause your dialysis facility to close. In the event you cannot get your regular dialysis treatment, you will need to modify your diet until your normal dialysis treatment schedule can resume. Read more about the dialysis emergency in the following link.

Hot Topics
Visit the ESRD NCC Patient Grant Library
The new ESRD NCC Patient Grant Library has information to help you receive financial assistance in the event of an emergency. This could include emergency money to help pay for food, utility bills, or unemployment assistance. Check out the Patient Grant Library by clicking on the link below.

Download the KCER What If Campaign
Most patients think they are prepared for an emergency, but few actually are. The KCER What If campaign aims to help kidney patients and healthcare professionals take the first step to being better prepared for the next emergency. Materials are available in English and Spanish. Click on the link below to download the campaign information.

Print the Emergency Disconnect Handout for Patients
In an emergency, a patient may need to stop their dialysis treatment and immediately disconnect from the dialysis machine. In the following link, find a one-page instruction sheet that shows patients how to disconnect from dialysis in three steps. You can also use this handout to start a conversation with your dialysis facility about the unit's emergency disconnect procedures.

Share the Dialysis Patient Identification Card
The Dialysis Patient Identification Card allows you to have important health information on hand in the event of an emergency. It gives first responders and medical professionals the ability to provide the correct treatment faster. Download it today!

What Patients Are Saying
What advice would you give to another patient to prepare for an emergency?
One important thing to have in case of a natural disaster would be to know your evacuation route, or better yet, two evacuation routes.

—Allen Nelson
N-KPFE-LAN Patient Voluntee r
I keep my bag of essentials in my vehicle. And I park my car away from trees if there is a storm.

—Chris Eichmeier
N-KPFE-LAN Patient Voluntee r
If you are a kidney patient affected by a hurricane or other natural disaster, you can call the dialysis provider Patient Hotline.

Patient Hotlines
  • DaVita: 800.400.8331
  • Fresenius: 800.626.1297
  • Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI): 866.424.1990
  • DCI Donor Hotline/Transient Patients: 800.969.4438
  • American Renal Associates (ARA): 888.880.6867
  • Satellite: 800.367.8292
  • U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 800.985.5990
  • U.S. Renal Care: 866.671.8772
  • Veteran Disaster Relief Hotline: 800.507.4571
Don’t forget to ‘ Like’ us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KCERCoalition
‘ Follow’ us @KCERProgram on Twitter.
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-7K2T3A-05302019-01