KCER Program Commemorates Katrina Anniversary with Preparedness Training

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The Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Program has released a presentation on preparedness training to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, an event which had a profound effect on many members of the dialysis community. The presentation is available on the KCER website, http://kcercoalition.com, here.

The presentation describes Katrina’s impact on the dialysis community, community and stakeholder response to the crisis, lessons learned, emergency preparedness best practices, and how KCER emerged with a mission to help the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) community prepare and respond to emergencies. It was developed with the participation of the KCER Training & Exercise and Communications Committees.

The KCER Program had just begun as a special project of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) one month before the hurricane hit. Hurricane Katrina affected the operation of 94 dialysis facilities in three states. More than 5,800 dialysis patients were in the affected areas. As a result of the circumstances driven by Katrina, KCER’s mission broadened to help the ESRD community become more connected and prepared.

The ESRD National Coordinating Center is featuring highlights of KCER’s commemoration of the Katrina anniversary in Ask the Experts, on the ESRD NCC website.

KCER is a program of the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) National Coordinating Center (NCC.) The ESRD NCC provides support and coordination at the national level for the Medicare ESRD Network Program, under contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS.) For more information, please contact the ESRD NCC at 813-865-3535 or email nccinfo@hsag.com.

This publication was developed under Contract Number HHSM-500-2013-NW002C, titled “End Stage Renal Disease National Coordinating Center (ESRD NCC)”, sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy.