FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2005, file photo, a wheelchair with a slipper still on the footrest sits in the mud left behind by Hurricane Katrina at St. Rita's Nursing home, where 34 people died while waiting to be rescued from the floodwaters in St. Bernard, La. Regulations dictate nursing homes and other facilities must have preparation plans in place for hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and other natural disasters, but the realities of how older Americans cope with a storm go beyond any piece of paper. The issue burst to the forefront again Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2017, with news of several deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Florida, where workers say Hurricane Irene caused the air conditioning to fail, and they struggled to keep residents cool with fans, cold towels and ice.
FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2005, file photo, a wheelchair with a slipper still on the footrest sits in the mud left behind by Hurricane Katrina at St. Rita's Nursing home, where 34 people died while waiting to be rescued from the floodwaters in St. Bernard, La. Regulations dictate nursing homes and other facilities must have preparation plans in place for hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and other natural disasters, but the realities of how older Americans cope with a storm go beyond any piece of paper. The issue burst to the forefront again Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2017, with news of several deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Florida, where workers say Hurricane Irene caused the air conditioning to fail, and they struggled to keep residents cool with fans, cold towels and ice. Anja Niedringhaus, File AP Photo
FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2005, file photo, a wheelchair with a slipper still on the footrest sits in the mud left behind by Hurricane Katrina at St. Rita's Nursing home, where 34 people died while waiting to be rescued from the floodwaters in St. Bernard, La. Regulations dictate nursing homes and other facilities must have preparation plans in place for hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and other natural disasters, but the realities of how older Americans cope with a storm go beyond any piece of paper. The issue burst to the forefront again Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2017, with news of several deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Florida, where workers say Hurricane Irene caused the air conditioning to fail, and they struggled to keep residents cool with fans, cold towels and ice. Anja Niedringhaus, File AP Photo

Oldest residents' safety more vulnerable during disasters

September 14, 2017 3:27 AM