Disaster Preparedness Information Center

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Hurricane Harvey

Updates

Health & Mental Health Volunteers Needed
The Red Cross is providing shelter, feeding, health and mental health support to thousands affected by Hurricane Harvey on the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana. Health and mental health professionals are needed to support clients and responders with disaster related health and mental health needs. Click here for more information or to apply.

Texas Nurses Foundation
Texas Nurses Foundation is taking contributions to help the nurses affected by Hurricane Harvey. All money collected will be distributed directly to nurses living in any one of the Texas counties declared disaster areas. Click here for more information.


American Kidney Fund Disaster Relief Program

The American Kidney Fund (AKF) Disaster Relief Program is a rapid-response system that provides emergency assistance in the form of block grants to local dialysis centers when disaster strikes a community. Dialysis centers then distribute the funds to help their patients replace medications, food and household items, and pay for essentials such as the cost of fuel or transportation to dialysis if they have been temporarily evacuated.

August 2017 Update

The American Kidney Fund (AKF) has activated its Disaster Relief Program to help dialysis patients who have been affected by the recent hurricanes. Dialysis patient affected by Hurricane Harvey who needs an AKF emergency grant should contact a social worker at their dialysis center for information on applying, or call the American Kidney Fund directly at 800-795-3226. Click here for more information. To make a contribution to the American Kidney Fund’s Disaster Relief Program to assist kidney patients affected by the recent floods, as well as to assist patients affected by future disasters, visit KidneyFund.org/disaster-relief.


September Is National Preparedness Month

Each September since 2004, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has observed National Preparedness Month. During the month, FEMA and various local, state, and federal agencies encourage U.S. residents to become better prepared for emergencies and disasters.


Online Resources for ESRD Emergency Preparedness / Disaster Management

Click here for a list of online resources (websites and publications)


Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition (KCER)

The Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Program provides technical assistance to End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Networks, kidney organizations, and other groups to ensure timely and efficient disaster preparedness, response, and recovery for the kidney community.

The KCER Program’s disaster preparedness resources help save lives, improve outcomes, empower patients and families, educate health care workers, build partnerships with stakeholders, promote readiness in the community, and support the ESRD Network. KCER is a program of the ESRD National Coordinating Center under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Go to KCER Website


Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP)

ESAR-VHP is a federal program created to support states and territories in establishing standardized volunteer registration programs for disasters and public health and medical emergencies. The program, administered on the state level, verifies health professionals' identification and credentials so that they can respond more quickly when disaster strikes. By registering through ESAR-VHP, volunteers' identities, licenses, credentials, accreditations, and hospital privileges are all verified in advance, saving valuable time in emergency situations.

Additional Information About ESAR-VHP


Updated 9/17