Sandy highlights nursing home evacuation troubles

AP News
Posted: Feb 07, 2013 12:22 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Health experts and regulators are warning that thousands of nursing homes nationwide are still ill-prepared for a natural disaster after Superstorm Sandy.

The late October storm was the latest disaster to reveal gaps in emergency planning despite an industry-wide effort to improve preparedness in the years since Hurricane Katrina.

In New York City, seaside nursing homes and assisted living centers struggled to evacuate more than 6,000 residents from their flooded or powerless buildings.

Some changes could be in the works. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says it expects to issue new disaster planning requirements for nursing homes this year.

The aim is to avoiding the types of problems seen in Sandy.