March 1, 2017 - For people receiving dialysis or living with a kidney transplant, planning for emergencies and disasters can be the difference between life and death. Dialysis and kidney transplant patients must take special preparedness measures to ensure their own health and safety during and after disasters.
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 also serves as the leading authority on emergency preparedness and response for the kidney community by providing structure and guidance that addresses the needs of emergency management officials and the ESRD community nationwide. During 2016, KCER assisted during hurricanes Hermine and Matthew, provided support and resources during the devastating Louisiana and West Virginia flooding, and is currently monitoring the active winter weather in 2017.
KCER Program Activities
The KCER Program provides a wide array of services year-round and during disasters. These services and support activities include:
The KCER program also produces a monthly resource, KCER Watch, that provides timely and pertinent information related to emergency preparedness. The goal of KCER Watch is to facilitate the exchange of information, sharing of resources, and advancement of knowledge and expertise among ESRD and emergency management stakeholders.
KCER Watch is also located on the KCER Website at: www.kcercoalition.com/kcerwatch Please feel free to provide comments and feedback!
The KCER Program's disaster preparedness resources and activities help save lives, improve outcomes, empower patients and families, educate healthcare workers, build partnerships with stakeholders, promote readiness in the community, and support the ESRD Networks. KCER is a program under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The first National Disaster Summit for the kidney community was held in Washington, D.C., in January 2006. During the Summit, the KCER Program was formed in an effort to minimize disruption to dialysis and transplant services during emergencies.
The KCER Program continues to hold annual Summit meetings to promote emergency preparedness in the kidney community. The Program is made up of members that represent the entire kidney community, including:
We invite you to contact us to find out more about KCER.
KCER Hotline: 866.901.3773
Fax: 855.232.KCER (855.232.5237)
Sally Gore, MSW, MBA, PMP - KCER Project Director - SGore@hsag.com
Keely Smith, BS - KCER Manager - KSmith@hsag.com
Jerome Bailey, BA - KCER Communications Director - JBailey@hsag.com
Beverly Whittet, RN CDN, CPHQ - KCER Coordinator - BWhittet@nw7.esrd.net