As Dorian nears, Florida nursing homes face heat for lacking generators

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REUTERS: One in five Florida nursing homes on Friday (Aug 30) were counting on temporary generators to be delivered before Hurricane Dorian hits, ...

REUTERS: One in five Florida nursing homes on Friday were counting on temporary generators to be delivered before Hurricane Dorian hits, according to the state agency charged with ensuring their residents will have air conditioning if power is knocked out.

The law followed pervasive problems in the wake of 2017's Hurricane Irma, which knocked out electricity to a wide swath of the state. This week, police in Hollywood, Florida, charged four nursing home employees with causing the deaths of 12 patients in the sweltering heat of a power outage that followed Irma.

State legislative records, however, show hundreds of nursing homes have received waivers allowing them to operate with temporary generators, even though the 2018 law intended for all sites to have permanent generators by the start of last year's hurricane season.

 

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