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Why are Florida nursing homes not required to have backup A/C power?

17 September 2017, 06:19 | Erica Roy

Why are Florida nursing homes not required to have backup A/C power?

Why are Florida nursing homes not required to have backup A/C power?

A timeline of events issued by the nursing home shows administrators repeatedly called Florida Power & Light and state officials after a transformer powering its air conditioning system went out during the storm on Sunday. The facility itself has power, the individual said.

"At no time did the facility report that conditions had become unsafe or that the health and safety of their patients was at risk", the statement says.

Another 18 patients in an adjacent behavioral health facility are also being evacuated, Story said.

Irma earlier left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, where almost 40 people were killed.

Police have now opened a criminal investigation into the deaths as the nursing home scrambles to evacuate the remaining 115 patients.

Several residents from the center could be seen sitting on wheelchairs outside the nursing home next to the hospital. He said he was impressed with the state's recovery thus far, but that some areas may take longer to recover fully.

Further north in Daytona Beach, police said one person died and three others were being treated at a hospital Wednesday for carbon monoxide poisoning from an electric generator.


As of noon on Friday, more 1,680,000 Florida customers were without power, 16 percent of the state's customers, according to state officials. The center was left without full air conditioning after the hurricane hit, and the deaths stirred outrage over what many saw as a preventable tragedy.

Book's bill also would require "a licensed nursing home facility to have adequate electrical equipment, an emergency power source, and a supply of fuel".

Sanchez said officers have been assigned to check 42 assisted living facilities and nursing homes in Hollywood to "make sure they are in sufficient care of the elderly".

The governor's office denies being contacted by the nursing home, saying "at no time" did the facility report conditions had become unsafe. The home was not entirely without power during and after Irma - but there wasn't enough to run the air conditioning, its managers say. Rick Scott has directed Florida's agency for healthcare administration to remove the rehabilitation center from the Medicaid program.

Widespread outages can pose dangers, especially in the 90-plus degree Florida heat.

As David Halstead, the former director of Florida's Division of Emergency Management, wrote in an editorial on CNN's website before Irma hit, powerful storms leave danger in their wake. More than half the community of 15,000 residents lacked power.

Florida residents are counting the cost of Irma's destruction.



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