October 31, 2012
As you are all well aware, Hurricane Sandy swept through the East Coast and left a path of flooding, power outages and destruction. Our office and DC in general fared much better than our more coastal and northern neighbors. Thankfully, we are all safe and as of this morning have power. I must personally say that I am spoiled by electricity and reading by candle light was not ideal. In case you tried to contact us Monday or Tuesday our office was closed,as well all hunkered down and prepared for the strong winds and rain. Our thoughts go out to those impacted by the storm and as you recover and rebuild from the hurricane.
Hurricane Sandy has now been classified as a post-tropical cyclone, but there will be lingering effects for the next several weeks and months. Today more than eight million are estimated to be without power and disaster status has been declared in New Jersey and New York. DPC staff continues to participate in Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Coalition daily status calls with members from impacted ESRD Networks, providers, emergency planners, patient organization’s and staff from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. During these status calls, we are able to get a sense of how the recovery process is going and determine where more resources are needed.
KCER has also provided a list of resources in this time of need:
• Patient hotlines and information:
DCI Donor Hotline/Transient Patients: 800-969-4438
• Find your local ESRD Network: ESRD Network Coordinating Center
• Find open and closed dialysis units: http://www.dialysisunits.com
• Weather forecast: http://www.weather.gov/ or http://mobile.weather.gov on your phone
• Hurricane preparedness tips and plans: http://www.ready.gov
• Hurricane by American Red Cross: features including a customizable “I’m Safe” alert, strobe light, flashlight, and audible alert functions at http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/hurricane-app
• Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) resources: Smartphone app with features safety tips and open shelter information at http://www.fema.gov/smartphone-app, mobile site updates at http://m.fema.gov, and text message updates at http://www.fema.gov/text-messages
• KCER is available to provide assistance to the renal community. The toll-free KCER Emergency Hotline for patients and providers is 866-901-3773.
If you would like to support the recovery efforts, we encourage you to visit the American Red Cross “Hurricane Sandy: Help Those in Need Page” (http://www.redcross.org/hurricane-sandy?scode=RSG00000E017&subcode=paidd...) to learn how you can you help.
As always, you can also call DPC (toll free) at 1-866-877-4242 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional assistance.