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When 12 people died from extreme heat at a South Florida nursing home following Hurricane Irma, former Gov. Rick Scott ordered back-up power for air conditioning in all Florida nursing homes within 60 days.
Nearly two years later, 60% of the state’s nursing homes still have not implemented their plans to power AC units to keep homes under 82 degrees for four days.
Florida nursing homes are under a microscope as Hurricane Dorian looms in the Atlantic, posing a threat to the state.
After the deaths at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills , Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said he is placing nursing homes on emergency managers’ radar.
“After Irma, it was a high priority on my side even though it was the responsibility of those nursing homes to take care of themselves. We know a lot of them will not.”
Only 26% of the homes in Broward have finished implementing their back-up power, compared to 51% who have gotten the job done in Miami-Dade – better than the state average.
Regardless, Gimenez is stressing preparation as Dorian continues to churn toward the state.
“We need to be able to make sure that if nursing homes find themselves in some kind of trouble, that we will help them as quickly as we can.”