Charlotte Observer (August 2)
An investigation by The News & Observer found that despite a long history of hurricanes in North Carolina and regulations that require emergency planning, many facilities were unprepared for Hurricane Florence, relying on vague plans and low-paid staff with neither the time nor training to carry the plans out, putting thousands of the state’s most vulnerable people in danger. Two years later, long-term care residents are at no less risk, advocates say. Scientists predict slow-crawling, super-drenching storms like Florence will be more common due to climate change. But proposals to ensure more thorough planning and require generators have stalled. Staff shortages have worsened. Administrators and emergency managers are already overwhelmed from responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the logistics of preparing for extreme weather are now only more complicated.