Several long-term care facilities across Oklahoma and Nebraska were damaged by flash floods after severe weather and high winds tore through the nation's midsection last weekend, forcing resident evacuations.
The deadly tornado that destroyed a Missouri nursing home three years ago showed that long-term care facilities need to have specially designed shelter areas, says a recently released government report.
The lack of major injuries or fatalities at a Texas nursing home during a deadly tornado Tuesday reflects the hours spent preparing for such an event, officials said.
Two months after a tornado demolished Greenbriar Nursing Home in Joplin, MO, — and much of everything else around it — members of the community have called for the inclusion of storm shelters in nursing homes in tornado-prone areas.
When planning disaster-response programs, organizers often overlook the needs of individuals with mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, addiction and bipolar disorder, bioethicists say.
At least 10 nursing home residents and one employee were killed in a Sunday tornado that hit Joplin, MO. The storm killed at least 117 people, and may have caused up to $3 billion in insured losses to 10,000 buildings, according to a preliminary estimate released Tuesday by Eqecat Inc.