For the seventh straight year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center is forecasting an above-average hurricane season. They predict 14-21 named storms in the Atlantic basin next year. This includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico.
Senior living communities must meet state and federal standards that require emergency action plans and measures of hurricane preparedness. The Estates at Carpenters exceeds these requirements.
The Estates at Carpenters is equipped to respond to the threat of storms in a way that prioritizes resident safety. Residents can set aside their worries and rest assured their needs will be met, even in the event of a storm. Keep reading to learn how our proactive response and consistent service alleviate resident worry during an emergency.
How The Estates at Carpenters Shelters You from the Storm
While Polk County normally fares better than coastal areas of Florida, every area of the county has experienced storms before. Lakeland, for example, experienced widespread power outages due to Hurricane Irma in 2017. The Estates at Carpenters is well versed in what to expect when a storm like this hits, and we are prepared.
We have generators on site and an emergency plan in place. Our emergency plan identifies staffing needs during a storm and protocols to ensure an uninterrupted supply of medicine, water and food.
The Estates at Carpenters is also dedicated to sending regular communication to residents’ loved ones during an emergency event. We’ll post updates on Facebook and our website to make sure the peace of mind we provide residents extends to their families and friends as well.
Other preparations residents don’t have to worry about are landscaping, tying down outdoor items, and protecting their home. We manage all these precautions.
What You Can Do To Prepare
Though we take care of much of the guesswork for residents of a continuing care retirement community like The Estates at Carpenters, there are some preparations they might want to make:
- Bookmark news outlets with regular alerts and warnings for Lakeland, FL.
- Charge electronic devices before a storm hits.
- Create an emergency kit with a flashlight and batteries.
- Gather necessary pet care items.
- Collect important documents to keep them safe.
What To Expect After a Storm
Some benefits of senior living to consider are no longer having to pay for home insurance and repairs that may be required after a storm. The Estates at Carpenters takes on your risk and liability. We will also take care of any and all necessary cleanup.
After a storm hits, though, there are some precautions you should take. Lakeland Electric advises residents to stay away from downed power lines and be careful around any fallen trees or limbs.
Your Safety Is Our Priority at The Estates at Carpenters
The Estates at Carpenters is a Life Plan Community in Lakeland, Florida, that offers independent living and levels of care including assisted living, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation. We’re dedicated to the long-term care of older adults and take seriously our responsibility to keep residents safe. Contact us today to learn more about our storm preparations and emergency plans.