Published by John Krzywicki
Posted on October 12, 2017
Representatives from Bryan Power Generation (BPG) recently attended the Nursing Center Emergency Preparedness Summit in Tallahassee, FL hosted by The Florida Health Care Association and Leading Age Florida and attended by Florida Governor Rick Scott. The Summit, welcomed leaders from the long term care profession, including experts who discussed Florida’s nursing centers and the unique level of care required for residents during natural disasters. In addition, Summit speakers also addressed recently proposed legislation and rules related to equipping nursing centers with generators, including technical issues, implementation, regulatory requirements and funding sources.
One of the main topics covered at the summit was the directive by Governor Rick Scott to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and Florida Department of Elder Affairs Secretary to keep Floridians safe in health care facilities during emergencies. Pursuant to the emergency action, within the next 60 days, 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. This is based on standards already in place at all hospitals in Florida.