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Hurricane Ian Will Test Florida’s Assisted-Living Generator Law

The measure passed after residents died at a facility in the aftermath of Irma in 2017.

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Hurricane Ian will test a Florida law that requires generators to provide four days of power at assisted-living communities and nursing homes, a measure that was passed in the aftermath of the deadly Hurricane Irma in 2017.

The law, which went into effect in 2019, requires large facilities to have generators that could provide 96 hours of power. It came in response to the dozen deaths at one facility after Irma knocked out electricity, causing residents to overheat.

Virtually all Florida nursing homes and assisted-living facilities had working backup generators as of the date of their last inspection, according to the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration, which licenses them.