Mandatory Evacuation Of Health Care Facilities In The Rockaways
November 7, 2012
Around Town By Neal tepel
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Thomas A. Farley with New York State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah today issued evacuation orders for four health care facilities in the Rockaways. These efforts are a precaution to protect the health and safety of residents and staff. The facilities include three nursing homes, Park Nursing Home (181 residents), Ocean Promenade Nursing Center (91 residents) and Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation (180 residents), as well as one adult care center, Surfside Manor Home for Adults (173 residents).
These four facilities are in the most heavily-impacted area of the Rockaways and have been successfully operating on generator power. A Nor’easter Storm surge could compromise their generators, putting the elderly residents at risk in the cold and dark, necessitating an evacuation.