Skip to comments.Behind a Call That Kept Nursing Home Patients in Stormís Path (Sandy)
Posted on 12/03/2012 11:26:13 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
Hurricane Sandy was swirling northward, four days before landfall, and at the Sea Crest Health Care Center, a nursing home overlooking the Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn,workers were gathering medicines and other supplies as they prepared to evacuate.
Then the call came from health officials: Mayor....Bloomberg,acting on the advice of his aides and those of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo,recommended that nursing homes and adult homes stay put. The 305 residents would ride out the storm.
The same advisory also took administrators by surprise at the Ocean Promenade nursing home,which faces the Atlantic Ocean in Queens. They canceled plans to move 105 residents to safety.
No one gets why we werent evacuated,said a worker there... We wouldnt have exposed ourselves to dealing with that situation.
The recommendation that thousands of elderly,disabled and mentally ill residents remain in more than 40 nursing homes and adult homes in flood-prone areas of New York City had calamitous consequences.
At least 29 facilities in Queens and Brooklyn were severely flooded. Generators failed or were absent. Buildings were plunged into a cold wet darkness,with no access to power,water,heat and food.
While no immediate deaths were reported,it took at least three days for the Fire Department,the National Guard and ambulance crews from around the country to rescue over 4,000 nursing home and 1,500 adult home residents. Without working elevators,many had to be carried down slippery stairwells.
I was shocked,said Greg Levow, who works for an ambulance service and helped rescue residents...I couldnt understand why they were there in the first place. ................
.....Mr. Bloomberg,relying on the advice of the city and state health commissioners,had already determined that people in nursing homes and adult homes should not leave,officials said.
The mayors recommendations that health care facilities not evacuate startled residents of Surf Manor adult home in Coney Island,....What about us! Whys he telling us to stay?......
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So it would seem.
Good job, Bloomie, Good job, Andy.
Happened at the world trade center too. “go back to you offices”
I know. i pass the salvation army christmas folks. i pass right by them and want to say “go see obama. he has all my money”.