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Nursing Homes Need Improved Emergency Plans. But Who Will Verify Them?

A report by the Florida House’s Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness includes recommendations on how to improve emergency management plans from nursing homes and assisted living facilities. But the recommendations are thin on oversight that would make sure those plans are better verified.

Florida Governor’s Cellphone Was Bottleneck in Irma Response

As Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida, Gov. Rick Scott gave out his cellphone number during a conference call with administrators of the state’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities. He told them to contact him if they ran into problems, and he would try to get help. So they did, 120 times according to phone records released this week. Nearly all the calls went directly to voice mail.

The 911 Calls as Nursing Home Residents Died

One by one, the calls for help poured in from nurses at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. Mostly the voices were calm, but the situation was dire.

Nursing Homes May Get Waivers to Emergency Generator Rule

After the shocking deaths last month in the sweltering Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, Gov. Rick Scott announced an emergency requirement that all nursing homes install back-up power generators within 60 days…but on Thursday, his administration announced there might be some wiggle room, saying that in “extreme circumstances” waivers may be granted.

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