Florida Legislation Ensures Preparations for Hurricane Season

2018 Hurricane Predictions

On March 26, 2018, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed Legislation SB 7028 and HB 7099 requiring Florida state nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have an emergency backup generator capable of keeping facilities at 81 degrees Fahrenheit or lower for at least four days.

According to the new legislation, all Florida state facilities have until July 1, 2018 to comply with the new rule. As the 2018 hurricane season nears, Florida families can be reassured facilities responsible for caring for their loved ones will now be fully prepared ahead of any potential major storms.

 Emergency preparedness is a critical component to safeguarding our communities.

According to www.flgov.com’s news release announcement of the legislation, the goal is to “ensure that nursing homes and assisted living facilities are prepared for the start of the upcoming hurricane season. Florida faces an annual risk from Mother Nature, and these rules will help keep seniors safe during a possible devastating weather event or periods with prolonged power outage.”

The 2018 hurricane season is predicted to have 12 to 15 tropical storms. Of those storms, 6 to 8 are forecasted to become hurricanes and 3 to 5 forecasted to become major hurricanes (accuweather.com).

Emergency preparedness is a critical component to safeguarding our communities. ESL Power Systems can help with emergency readiness and recovery plans by providing the ability to connect or load test your backup power safely and quickly.

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