Assisted Living Residents and Hurricanes

Assisted Living Residents and Hurricanes: What You Need to Know

In the wake of last year’s volatile hurricane season, Governor Scott issued a new rule regarding the preparedness of both nursing homes and assisted living communities in the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster. Governor Scott was prompted to ratify existing emergency preparedness laws after 12 nursing home residents died of heat exposure from a power outage caused by Hurricane Irma.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the 2018 hurricane season—which began June 1st—is expected to be active, ushering in an “above normal” amount of tropical disturbances. Up to 16 storms and nine hurricanes are predicted this season, with four hurricanes expected to reach Category 3 strength or higher.

The new regulations implemented by Governor Scott require all nursing homes and assisted living communities to have a backup generator and detailed Evacuation and Emergency Plan (EEP) in the event of a hurricane.

At Grand Oaks of Palm City, our memory care residents, assisted living residents and hurricane preparedness are all a top priority. We would like to ensure our community members, their families and prospective residents that we have a backup generator and an Evacuation and Emergency Plan in place. Our EEP has been approved by Martin County and documentation of our compliance with Governor Scott’s new regulations has also been sent to the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration.

We take pride in knowing that our community meets or exceeds all state and federal emergency preparedness standards. Additional safety measures at Grand Oaks of Palm City include:

  • All CBS construction
  • Impact windows that are 100% hurricane proof
  • Emergency call systems in each room
  • 24-hour security system

Assisted living residents and hurricane preparedness, as well as emergency evacuation planning for assisted living communities, is something we take very seriously.

For more information about our emergency preparedness plan, or to schedule a tour of our facility, please call (772) 529-6000.

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