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SWFL assisted living facilities prepare for Hurricane Irma

Posted at 7:42 PM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-06 19:42:45-04

Assisted living facilities throughout southwest Florida are making preparations for Hurricane Irma.

Avalon Manor Assisted Living in downtown Fort Myers is stocking their supply closet with the essential supplies -- food, water, medications, incontinence items -- ahead of the storm.

The owner of Avalon Manor said their facility is currently housing ten people. She said safety is top priority.

"We'll make sure everyone is fed, warm, and dry. and they're on their medications,' Patricia Deosaran said.

Deosoaran said they've been in constant contact with the state as the storm approaches.

"They'll tell us whether the area needs to be evacuated, and once we know, then we'll follow the proper steps," Deosaran said.

If directed to evacuate, she said residents will be taken to three different facilities in Fort Myers and Naples.

Discovery Village at the Forum is also getting ready for Irma. Their Executive Director said the facility was built four years ago and can withstand flying debris in winds up to 140 miles per hour. Residents there will shelter in place unless the county says otherwise, but they have bags and medications packed and ready just in case.

"They don't know what's the next step and which way the hurricane's going to go. Everyone's getting nervous. So we just try to keep everybody calm," Deosaran said.