Hurricane Ivan causes two nursing-home resident deaths, forces authority-led facility evacuation

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At least two nursing home residents died after being moved from their Louisiana facilities and a facility in Mississippi was forced by authorities to evacuate as Hurricane Ivan struck the Gulf Coast.

An 80-year-old woman went into cardiac arrest after the bus transported her and other evacuees from their New Orleans nursing home to another in Shreveport, the Associated Press reported. Another 84-year-old woman died after evacuation from her Jesuit Bend, LA, nursing home.

Meanwhile, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency forced Miramar Lodge Nursing Home to evacuate its 123 residents before the storm hit. The Civil Defense Director filed the federal emergency protective request that granted American Medical Response, the sheriff's department, CTA and Laidlaw Transportation to move the residents to area shelters and medical centers, according to a Tallahassee Democrat article.

Authorities said the move should have occurred earlier when weather conditions were not so brutal. The residents returned to the facility by 5:45 p.m.