Florida Nursing Homes Learn From Past To Enhance Disaster Preparedness.

September 1, 2019

The Washington Post (9/1, Craig, Wax-Thibodeaux, Rozsa) reported Florida residents and officials “are struggling to make decisions about when to move patients who might be vulnerable in cases of property damage or power loss” following “a string of tragic incidents – dating to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 – involving elderly or special-needs patients who were killed during hurricanes or the frantic days that can precede and follow a major storm.” The Post said Florida “Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) noted that 120 nursing homes still had not submitted proof that they have generators, as is required by law” on Friday, but “by Sunday afternoon, DeSantis said nursing home operators had worked throughout the weekend to make sure all nursing homes in eastern coastal communities have at least temporary generators or a plan to evacuate” after power loss. The experience can be “an especially stressful time” for the relatives of nursing home residents.



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Last modified on 09/10/2019


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