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Hurricane Preparedness for Assisted Living Facilities

June 29, 2018

waves-hurricane-preparednessIn March, 2018, Governor Rick Scott implemented new regulations regarding hurricane preparedness for assisted living facilities in Florida. The new regulations require all facilities to have a backup generator and detailed Evacuation and Emergency Plan (EPP) in place. Governor Scott put the new rules in place after 12 residents at the Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Center in Broward County perished from heat exposure following Hurricane Irma in September of last year. The residents’ deaths raised serious questions of whether emergency preparedness measures were adequate in senior care facilities throughout Florida. After Hurricane Harvey struck Texas and Louisiana in 2017, stricter federal emergency planning requirements were put in place. However, because nursing homes and assisted living communities are primarily under state regulation, the newly-implemented federal guidelines were not sufficiently adopted by all senior care facilities in the U.S. We feel it’s important for everyone to know that all Grand Oaks assisted living communities in Palm City, Jensen Beach, and Okeechobee, as well as all facilities managed by the Visiting Nurse Management Com

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