Hurricane season is here, with the historical peak of the Atlantic season approaching. While these storms can be terrifying, when a bad one is on the way, people usually have time to prepare. One key decision is choosing whether to flee to a safe location or ride out the storm in our homes.
For frail, older people these often are life-and-death decisions. On Aug. 26, three nurses and a nursing home administrator were criminally charged in the heat-related deaths of 12 people in a Hollywood Hills, Florida, nursing home after Hurricane Irma in 2017. The facility did not evacuate for the storm and lost air conditioning power.
We’re studying long-term care administrators’ decisions to evacuate or shelter in place for Hurricane Irma, which threatened the entire state of Florida, and Hurricane Harvey, which dumped flooding rain on parts of Texas less than a month earlier. The obvious choice may be to evacuate. But in our research we’re learning these decisions are not so clear-cut.
These decisions are hard because both choices – evacuating or sheltering in place – present risks. To keep older adults safe in future disasters, we need to know more about how long-term care facilities prepare for hurricanes, how administrators decide whether to evacuate or shelter in place, and how their residents fare as a result of these decisions...
Post by Radrook Admin on Sept 2, 2019 14:23:07 GMT -5
Aug 28, 2019 at 4:10pm QuoteEditlikePost Options Post by Radrook Admin on Aug 28, 2019 at 4:10pm
If only we could find some way to neutralize these cyclones and hurricanes at the early stages of there development many lives and much destruction could be avoided. But I guess that is beyond our present ability and all we can do is see them coming and prepare. At least our satellites can see the danger well before it hits land. Imagine the chaos and destruction during time when we couldn't! How the Tainos in the Caribbean ever survived them is hard to figure out. Maybe they hid in caves? Last Edit: Aug 28, 2019 at 4:12pm by Radrook Admin Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
Posts: 24 Male What has worked are things like radar tracking, scientific study of cyclones (a/k/a hurricanes) and better preparation and evacuation efforts but in the end, Mother Nature will always get her due. Always. Reply Quick Reply
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