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State-licensed long-term care (LTC) facilities are mandated to have disaster and emergency plans in place for their residents. These plans should include written policies and procedures as well as training and ongoing evaluation. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf coast. The deaths of more than 100 nursing home residents, particularly the 35 at St. Rita’s, shocked the nation. Unfortunately, nursing facilities across the country are still ill-prepared to provide adequate care during disasters even though 71% generally plan to shelter in place. In Missouri, approximately 35% of licensed LTC facilities do not have a backup generator to use in the event of a power loss. If these agencies are not located near a road that is regularly maintained during severe winter weather, they may be isolated from accessing additional resources, including fuel and generators. This is an exploratory analysis of which facilities in St. Louis County may experience greater risk of lacking resources during severe winter weather based on proximity to regularly maintained roads.
St. Louis County, MO
Murrell, Elyse M., "Using Place to Identify St. Louis County Long-Term Care Facilities at Risk of Lacking Resources during Severe Winter Weather" (2014). GIS Posters. Poster 145.