Snow Prompts Nursing Home Evacuation; Report of Resident Death Changes

December 5, 2014 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​Several feet of snowfall in upstate New York prompted a Buffalo-area nursing home to evacuate its 184 residents in the week before Thanksgiving amid fears that its roof could collapse under the weight of the snow, according to a November 20, 2014, Buffalo News article. Although the nursing home was not evacuated during the initial storm, the collapse of a nearby warehouse and subsequent gas leak prompted an initial small-scale move of residents away from an affected area of the nursing home. However, the next day, when sagging ceilings were noticed in the nursing home, a full-scale evacuation was ordered, according to a November 24, 2014, New York Times story. The residents were initially evacuated to a nearby business park and, later, to other nursing homes or affiliated hospitals.

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