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Rick Scott issues emergency rules for health care facilities following Hollywood nursing home tragedy

Mandates that all nursing homes have generators
Florida Gov. Rick Scott provides an update about preparations for Hurricane Irma during a media briefing at the state Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee on Sept. 5, 2017. [Kristen M. Clark / Herald/Times]
Florida Gov. Rick Scott provides an update about preparations for Hurricane Irma during a media briefing at the state Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee on Sept. 5, 2017. [Kristen M. Clark / Herald/Times]
Published Sep. 16, 2017

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced in a Saturday press release that he is directing two agencies ― the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs ― to implement emergency rules for all assisted living facilities and nursing homes. 

Included in the rules: “All assisted living facilities (ALFs) and nursing homes must obtain ample resources, including a generator and the appropriate amount of fuel, to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures for at least 96-hours following a power outage,” Scott announced in the release.

Earlier this week, eight residents of a Hollywood nursing home died after the facility lost power in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. 

Read the full release here