Emergency Preparedness Resources

Emergency Preparedness Resources

Natural disasters, severe weather changes, and man-made threats are dangerous, strike quickly and often without warning. Dialysis patients and facilities face high risks during emergencies and it is imperative to be prepared. Our patients are dependent on water and power for dialysis treatment, two of the areas mostly affected in times of crisis. 


Voices - Community Discussion Threads & Resources
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Emergency Preparedness and E-Tags for Surveys
Emergency Preparedness... It's Survey Time
Patient Education - Emergency Disconnet 
CQISCO - Emergency Preparedness Presentation- June 2018
Emergency Preparedness - "Clamp and Cut" and Evacuation
Having Emergency Preparedness Discussions with Staff
NEW CMS Requirement for Emergency Preparedness
KCER CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Training - Presentation Handouts 
Treading the Waters of Hurricane Harvey 

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Quick Links
CDC Tools: Winter Weather Check List
Preparing for Emergencies: A Guide for People on Dialysis
Emergency Diet Guidelines 
Kidney Community Emergency Response

Network Resources
Network 1 - CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT
Network 2 - New York
Network 3 - New Jersey
Network 4 - Delaware, Pennsylvania 



Facility Resources Patient Education
Government Resources
The Federal Register
Office of the Secretary of Preparedness and Response 
HHS on Disaster Response/ Preparedness 

Emergency Preparedness Rule
Emergency Preparedness Requirements Final Rule Training Call 
Emergency Preparedness for Dialysis Facilities Guide 
Disaster Preparedness 

Renal Network
An Emergency Preparedness Guide for Dialysis & Transplant Patients 
A Guide for Chronic Dialysis Facilities 

Crosswalk of Final Rule for Dialysis Facilities - Updated April 2017
Emergency Prep Knowledge Center - Healthcare Ready 
Toolbox for Emergency Management in Dialysis - University of Florida
National Kidney Emergency Coalition Emergency Data Set - RSN
Dialysis Patient ID Card - KCER
Four Keys to Being Prepared - Network 8
Safe Tanker Water for Dialysis - CDC

Webinar Recording - KCER 
Emergency Preparedness and Kidney Disease 
Tues. September 20, 2016 
Speakers: Beverly Whittet, RN, CDN, CPHQ and Peter Traub, BA, BS

Templates and Checklists 

From Networks
Disaster Plan Template - Network 11 
Disaster Preparedness Needs Assessment Template - Network 13 HSAG
Shelter Triage Checklist - Network 13 HSAG
IPRO Plan Template - Network 8
Provider To-Do Checklist - Network 8
National Kidney Foundation 
Disaster Preparedness Brochure 

Outreach and Education in Disaster Planning

Emergency Readiness for People with Disabilities 
Dialysis Care After a Disaster 
Infection Control for Peritoneal Dialysis Patients After A Disaster 

Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities Redfin
Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities & Special Needs FEMA
Senior Emergency Preparedness American Red Cross
Disaster Plans Should Include Those with Mental Illness PsychCentral
Hurricane for Kids - Safety Resources, Facts & Projects Home Advisor


Are you Prepared Poster (English) 
Are you Prepared Poster (Spanish) 

Note: We are not responsible for the content provided on these websites. The list is not exhaustive and is current as of 6/26/17


Additional Information

Webinar: 'Emergency Preparedness Requirements'

This webinar is a discussion regarding emergency preparedness requirements for dialysis facilities.  It will also provide an overview of the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) program's website and available resources.  Registrants will learn about implementing change to policy and procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory changes.

Learning objectives: 

  • Describe the new emergency preparedness requirements for ESRD and dialysis facilities.
  • Find and use KCER program website and resources
  • Apply practical solutions to updating emergency preparedness policy and procedures .

Presented by: Keely Lenoir, Kidney Community Emergency Response Program (KCER) Manager with HSAG. Keely is experienced in all aspects of disaster preparedness, including planning, training, evaluating, and response. She has worked closely with partners from across the state of Florida to support in the development, implementation, evaluation, and improvement of public health related planning and response across the emergency management cycle.

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CMS Final Rule - November 2017

On September 8, 2016 the Federal Register posted the final rule Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. The regulation goes into effect on November 16, 2016. Health care providers and suppliers affected by this rule must comply and implement all regulations one year after the effective date, on November 16, 2017.

With this rule, the goal is to establish national emergency preparedness requirements to ensure adequate planning for both natural and man-made disasters, and coordination with federal, state, tribal, regional and local emergency preparedness systems. The following information will apply upon publication of the final rule:

  • Requirements will apply to all 17 provider and supplier types.
  • Each provider and supplier will have its own set of Emergency Preparedness regulations incorporated into its set of conditions or requirements for certification.
  • Must be in compliance with Emergency Preparedness regulations to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid program. The below downloadable sections will provide additional information, such as the background and overview of the final rule and related resources.

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