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September Is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. Each September since 2004, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has observed National Preparedness Month. FEMA and various local, state, and federal agencies emphasize the importance of promoting family and community disaster and emergency planning during this month and throughout the year. The theme for National Preparedness Month 2019 is Prepared, Not Scared.


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


American Kidney Fund Disaster Relief Program & Resources

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.


Updated 8/19


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