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Local assisted living to house senior citizens escaping Irma

Posted: 5:23 PM, Sep 06, 2017
Updated: 2017-09-06 18:18:56Z
Local assisted living to house senior citizens escaping Irma
Local assisted living to house senior citizens escaping Irma

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee assisted living center is taking in nearly a 100 senior citizens escaping the possible path of Hurricane Irma in South Florida.

Tapestry Senior Living of Tallahassee is opening its doors to a group from Naples, providing meals and shelter as they arrive tonight.

90 residents and 25 staff members left Naples this afternoon headed for Tallahassee.

Tapestry's Executive Director says this will now triple their residency. Because the units are not furnished, the center worked to find a vendor to provide bedding and furniture for the new group of seniors.

The director says the center is "more than happy to accommodate" those in need.

"We're ready to go. We've got food supply in order," said Mike Schmidt, the executive director at Tapestry. "Medications are ready to go. Pharmacies have been contacted, so things are working out for the best. Staff has really stepped up. They're willing to stay on site and spend the night here themselves to make sure this is a smooth transition."

All of the bedding will be delivered by tomorrow. The center has air mattresses ready to get through tonight.

The director says the seniors are welcome to stay until they're ready to return home.