Information Related to Hurricanes Katrina/Rita

The following information pertains to Hurricanes Katrina and/or Rita and may not be applicable to other emergencies/disasters.

Disaster Relief Grants Administered

ANNA was pleased to administer a generous grant from AMGEN offering financial assistance to individuals who were directly impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Through December 2006 ANNA distributed $100,000 in grant relief to members and individuals who were sponsored by members.

ANNA Reaches Out to Members Affected by Hurricanes

ANNA organized an outreach effort to approximately 600 members whose chapters are in areas affected by the hurricanes. We distributed a letter with a return mailer for tracking displaced members.

Listing of Facilities Affected by Katrina

For an update about facilities affected by Katrina, click here.

ESRD Network News and CMS Updates about Katrina

To find out the latest about how the networks and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are communicating about Katrina, go to:

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Resources

Patient Resources and Support

  • HHS Medical Travel Center - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has established a Medical Travel Center, with travel funded by the federal government, to support the return to home states of patients and others with medical needs evacuated from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. For more information, read the HHS Fact Sheet [PDF file].
  • KatrinaHealth.org - This online service helps individuals affected by Hurricane Katrina work with their health professionals to gain access to their own electronic prescription medication records. Through KatrinaHealth.org authorized pharmacists and doctors can get records of medications evacuees were using before the storm hit, including the specific dosages.
  • HIPAA Privacy Rule - The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights has issued a special bulletin to emphasize how the HIPAA Privacy Rule allows covered entities to share patient information to assist in disaster relief efforts, and to assist patients to receive the care they need. This information is in a special bulletin. Go to the OCR home page and click "What's new" to download the pdf of this special bulletin.
  • Patient Relief Resources - The National Kidney Foundation has created a relief resource network, posted on www.kidney.org, offering dialysis locations and treatment information, other patient assistance and information for health care professionals interested in volunteering for the effort.
  • Transplant Patients Support - The University of Alabama - Birmingham Transplant Program has established toll-free resource "hotlines" for patients affected by the hurricane in need of transplant services. The hotlines are for any recipient affected by Katrina that is in that general area (Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee). Calls will be answered by transplant coordinators and will be triaged and forwarded as appropriate.
    • Kidney/liver/pancreas transplant recipients: Call toll-free 1-866-884-7387
    • Heart/lung transplant recipients: Call toll-free 1-866-684-2361
    • If unable to contact the toll-free numbers, the number for the Transplant Patient Care Office is 205-975-9200. The number for the Transplant Care Coordinator is 205-975-9292.
  • Prescriptions - All major Rx chains, including WalMart, are providing a 7-day emergency supply of medications. Nurses and patients should check directly with their pharmacies about the program details.
  • Mental Health Related Information - Click here to access a list of organizations and Web sites that provide information and resources related to post-traumatic stress disorder, grief, and depression.

Emergency Grants for Kidney Patients

  • The American Kidney Fund is providing block grants to dialysis centers in the region hit by Hurricane Katrina. These grants will be distributed to help dialysis patients replace medications, food and household items and pay for other necessities. Anyone wishing to contribute to disaster relief for dialysis patients may visit www.kidneyfund.org to make an online contribution or call 1-800-638-8299.
  • The National Kidney Foundation has established a Patients Hurricane Relief Fund to help address those immediate and long-term needs. Contribute to the fund online or mail checks to the National Kidney Foundation Patients Hurricane Relief Fund, 30 E. 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.

Monetary Donations

ANNA is directing all volunteers and monetary donations to the following organizations:

Postal Service Interruption for Hurricane-Affected Areas

At the direction of the United States Postal Service (USPS), ANNA must temporarily suspend mail service to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. Click here to read the USPS mail service update.