Providing Shelter to Nursing Home Evacuees in Disasters: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina

Type: Planning and Response
Author: Academic
Year of Publishing: 2008
Description: The authors examined nursing home preparedness needs by studying the experiences of nursing homes that sheltered evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. Interviews were conducted with nursing home administrators that sheltered evacuees in four states. Findings: Nursing homes should develop and practice procedures to shelter and provide long-term access to mental health services following a disaster. Nursing homes should be integrated into community disaster planning and be classified in an emergency priority category similar to hospitals.
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