Listen: Charleston, Gene. Florence And Bishop Gadston discussed on All Things Considered
"Gene. Florence is this year and then Florence last when you're on James island evacuations have become a yearly consideration again. And again, extreme weather has forced the staff to way moving their one hundred and fifteen frail residents to higher ground. Gadston spread out over one hundred acres of marshland Easter doors landscape, which is dotted with oaks and palm trees and Spanish moss. But like many senior living communities on the coast ports areas of vulnerable Lear in what we call the low country of of Charleston, South Carolina. And now is literally the truth twice in two years. The governor has mandated the residents evacuate by now. East is a season evacuee now that we've done it this much. It's more of a routine nearly thirty years ago eastern, her husband decided they wanted to retire someplace warm on the waterfront, so they moved from Saint Louis to retirement community on Charleston Seabrook island four days later. Hurricane Hugo struck the coast. There was no evacuation plan in place. The couple was told to hit the road. It was absolute chaos because we were on highway twenty six leaving Charleston along with I think everybody in Charleston twenty years later, east moved to Bishop gadston where evacuations are planned down to the luggage residents. Bring with them east now has a special navy evacuation suitcase with her name stamped on. It is unbelievable. It must take them a year to plan. It says that's about right? We sort of playing twelve months a year this year getting residents away from Florence and safely into their shelter. A lake side in on the mountain tops was a time intensive three hundred and fifty thousand dollar operation staff arrange for ambulances to take seniors. To frail to sit up straight. They had a bus to carry the eighteen pets of Bishop gadston and another one only with oxygen tanks during vacuum. Port says nervous residents who normally need one oxygen tank a day. We'll go through two tanks or more. She says that's because seniors are particularly vulnerable to changes in routine when that schedule is altered. That's when you begin to have some challenges, and that again could be an increase in oxygen needs or an increase in frequency of going to the bathroom a potential for increase in falls residents who had risen in the same bedroom. For decades. We're waking up in strange rooms disoriented Portugal's many upset stomachs when the staff returned home. They met to recap the evacuation without intending to ports has stuff was already planning for what they expect to come in two thousand nineteen we would say to our our fellow staff members will next time we do this or next year we need to do XYZ. And and we kind of. Pedley? These evacuations are happening far beyond the marshy. Coast of Charleston says Susan burns, there definitely has been an uptake. Burns works at Sedgwick. A company that deals with insurance claims for senior living communities across the US after nursing home owners in Louisiana made the fatal decision not to evacuate residents in advance of Hurricane Katrina Sedgwick decided to begin reimbursing facilities for part of their evacuation costs. But until twenty seventeen burns says not a single facility had filed an evacuation related claim is since I've worked at such wake. I have not seen this coverage triggered at all. Until last year. She thinks these new claims from Florida, California, Missouri means facilities are being hit with new vigor in twenty seventeen. We had an amazing number of natural disasters back to back. And then again in two thousand eighteen it's like there was a repeat for residents joys east. This is just the reality of retiring on the coach.."