Information Related to Hurricane Gustav

The following information pertains to Hurricane Gustav and may not be applicable to other emergencies/disasters.

State of Emergency Notices

As a result of Hurricane Gustav, a State of Emergency has been declared by President Bush and the Secretary of Health and Human Services in the following states: Louisiana and Texas as of August 27, Mississippi as of August 28, and Alabama as of August 29. The following Web site is available to help answer your questions about waivers and modifications that apply during the State of Emergency: http://www.cms.gov.

Financial Assistance Available

The National Kidney Foundation is prepared to provide financial assistance for hurricane victims and will be assessing needs on a case-by-case basis. The Hurricane Assistance Grant Application is available online at http://www.kidney.org.

In addition, the American Kidney Fund’s Disaster Relief Program is ready to provide emergency financial assistance to U.S. dialysis patients affected by Hurricane Gustav – as well as to help dialysis patients who may be affected by additional storms as hurricane season reaches its peak. The American Kidney Fund (AKF) does not accept Disaster Relief grant applications directly from patients. Instead, dialysis center social workers may request a block grant to assist their patients by calling AKF at 800-638-8299. AKF is also accepting financial contributions to fund the Disaster Relief Program. Anyone wishing to contribute to disaster relief for dialysis patients may visit www.kidneyfund.org to make an online contribution.