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Despite Nursing Home Industry Pushback, Scott Not Backing Down From Emergency Rule

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Florida Channel

Governor Rick Scott does not appear to be backing down from his emergency rule, requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have a generator within the next two months.

If the power were to go out during a storm, Governor Scott wants all nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have enough fuel and a generator that can operate for at least 96 hours. While industry professionals agree, they say meeting the November 15 deadline is impossible. Still, speaking to reporters Monday, Scott doesn’t appear to be budging.

“I expect everybody to provide backup power and fuel,” said Scott, at the time. “And, there will be fines of $1,000 a day, and the risk of losing your license.”

Scott issued the emergency rule, following the death of eight nursing home residents in South Florida who lost their lives due to loss of power for several days after Irma. That death toll has since risen to 11.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.