When Dorian hit, Fla.’s generator requirements were not enforced

September 17, 2019

When Hurricane Dorian threatened Florida, thousands of nursing homes and adult living facilities were without generators or back-up power, according to an article on the Sun Sentinel website.

Following Hurricane Irma, Florida changed its regulations to require backup generators and enough fuel to maintain comfortable temperatures by June of 2018.

Nearly 60 percent of Florida’s nursing homes and adult living facilities filed waivers, extensions and variances multiple times, asking for more time to meet the requirements. And some didn’t respond at all.

As Dorian escalated toward hurricane status, many Florida nursing homes and assisted living facilities with more than 15,000 beds still had not met the requirement for back-up generators.

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