Dozens of assisted living facilities in Tampa Bay haven't met emergency power mandate

Another hurricane season is underway, yet dozens of Tampa Bay area assisted living facilities have struggled to meet the state mandate to have backup power should a strong storm hit Florida. A law was passed after 14 people died at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills following 2017's Hurricane Irma. The facility lost power and air conditioning. Now, nursing homes and assisted living facilities must have backup power and enough fuel to maintain air conditioning for several days after the loss of electricity. 10News checked with officials with the Agency for Health Care Administration and found 55 assisted living facilities in the Bay area have been fined since August 2018 for not meeting the new requirements. The agency said the list showed facilities that were not in compliance. Other facilities that had gotten an extension approved would not be on the list.
Published: 6:02 PM EDT June 18, 2019
Updated: 6:01 PM EDT June 18, 2019