Gov. Scott institutes new rules following Irma deaths

Rick Scott
Posted at 6:50 PM, Sep 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-17 18:50:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) Governor Rick Scott has taken emergency actions requiring the immediate installation of life-safety features in assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

This comes after eight people died at a rehabilitation center in Broward County after losing power during Hurricane Irma. Governor Scott’s emergency rules include a mandatory inspection of all newly-installed generators at assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

In response to Governor Scott’s emergency actions, CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis today issued a statement, in part saying, “Governor Scott's emergency rules demanding generators in nursing homes and assisted living facilities will help protect our vulnerable population during emergencies and natural disasters. Our office is working quickly to develop a thorough statewide inspection plan, as the emergency rules require."

Additional details regarding the State Fire Marshal’s inspection plan are expected to be released in the coming days.