In Florida, nursing homes across the state have been given 60 days to equip their facilities with backup generators, after the deaths of eight people. The nursing home residents are reported to have died in sweltering conditions inside The Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills in Broward County.
Under the new rules, nursing homes must ensure their facilities have the ability to run on sufficient backup power to control temperatures inside their facilities for four days. The new rules also require local emergency management officials to inspect and approve a nursing centre’s emergency management plan. Failure to comply could cost the home $1,000 per day.