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Keith Chartier

Renal Business Todays editor Keith Chartier is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Prior to joining Virgo Publishing in 2006, he covered the renal industry as editor for more than two years.

East Coast Prepares for Hurricane Irene

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It seems Mother Nature has set out to challenge the east coast’s disaster preparedness these days. Today, a 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit in Virginia, and in the coming days the entire eastern seaboard will be prepping for the first major hurricane to threaten the United States in years.

USA Today reported “It's possible Irene will make landfall over the North Carolina coast sometime Saturday, then move to the north into the Chesapeake Bay sometime Sunday. However, because such projections can be uncertain, it's also possible Irene could straddle the coast.”

However, the Hurricane’s effects could be felt as far north as New England, according to the paper. Given the unpredictability of the storm and the vast area it can affect, it’s especially for dialysis clinics to be as prepared as possible for the unpredictable.

What’s concerning, though, is a recent report out of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology that found most dialysis patients are not prepared to effectively handle man-made or natural disasters. The research was limited to clinics in North Carolina, but with Hurricane Irene setting her sights on South Carolina, the need to step up preparation is clear.

There are a number of great resources for disaster preparation in dialysis. Most notable is the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Coalition.  In addition, click HERE to access a 2009 article from RBT discussing disaster preparedness.You can also click HERE to access the RBT topic page on disaster preparedness to read any of the articles we’ve posted on the topic over the years.

Regardless of your source, it’s best to be ahead of the game before the worst-case scenario hits.

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