911 calls paint frantic picture of Hollywood nursing home after Irma

The emergency calls to 911 operators from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills started on Sept. 11 and only grew more urgent over the next two days.

Fourteen residents died after the air conditioning stopped working in the days after Hurricane Irma.

The 911 calls made by staff members paint a picture of how frantic the situation was in the center during the air conditioning outage.

One caller said that a “patient is a COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) patient. The doctor noticed, because we don’t have any air conditioning so I saw her slouch over. I realized she’s not breathing, so I check her. She’s just barely breathing. Her fingers started to change colors, slightly blue.”

That caller went on to tell the dispatcher that the patient was 84 years old, had a blood pressure reading of 118/68 mmHg and was in cardiac arrest.

Another caller said that a patient was “breathing distressed, about to code.” 

In one call, a dispatcher mentioned the number of calls coming in from the center.

“You guys called already about this? Or this is a new call?” the dispatcher asked.

It was a new call for a different patient. In all, more than 140 people were evacuated from the facility, which has since been shut down.

Eight residents died on Sept. 13 and six have died since.

 

 

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Authorities turn away thousands of Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program applicants

There was high demand for government funds meant to be used for food this weekend in South Florida. By the time the temporary government distribution centers for the Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program cards were open Saturday morning, officers were already turning thousands away.

At C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines, there was a long line of people sleeping in their cars Friday and Saturday night. They wanted to be the first to get in and apply for a program designed to help them recover from Hurricane Irma, which prompted evacuations and power outages in September.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture entrusted the Florida’s Department of Children and Families with distributing the Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program cards, which can be redeemed for food at local supermarkets.

Government employees were moving as fast as they could at C.B. Smith Park trying to process applicants, as a long line of hopeful recipients waited outside. DCF Communications Director Beatriz Lopez said Saturday that they had served 1.1 million people in Florida and were going to help more, but not before coming up with a safer distribution plan.

Lopez said police officers were citing health and safety concerns. The centers at Amelia Earhart Park at 451 E 56 St., in Hialeah; tents at Tropical Park at 7900 SW 40 St.; Miami-Dade College’s North Campus at 11380 NW 27 Ave.; and South Dade Government Center at 10710 SW 211 St., were closed Saturday, according to Lopez.

Amelia Earhart Park’s location was going to remain closed, and the three other sites in Miami-Dade will be open Sunday, Lopez said.

“Individuals will be served as long as it is safe to do so,” Lopez said. “The lines at the sites may close down again early in the day in order to ensure safety operations.”

Locations in Broward County were also closed Saturday and Sunday, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright. She added BSO was working with program organizers and other law enforcement agencies to ensure the public’s safety during the process.

Lopez said the three Food for Florida locations in Broward County will be closed Sunday per a request from the Broward Sheriff’s Office following the response to the sites this week.

DCF will serve Broward County residents again later this month to ensure that every family in need has the opportunity to safely receive needed aid, Lopez said. Sites in neighboring counties are available to assist families for urgent needs.

Lopez said families can visit sites in Palm Beach County this week because Miami-Dade County has seen an unprecedented response.

Additional counties in the region also have sites that will be open and more information is available on the Food for Florida website, Lopez said. Information on date, time and locations will continue to be posted on the website and announced as soon as possible.

Seven temporary government sites opened in South Florida Wednesday and were meant to have employees meeting with applicants through Sunday. Officials were encouraging applicants to pre-register at MyFLFamilies.com, but on Saturday even some applicants who pre-registered were having to walk away.

The locations in Broward were Central Broward Regional Park at 3801 W. Sunrise Blvd., in Lauderhill; and the Quiet Waters Park at 401 S. Powerline Rd., in Deerfield Beach. Lopez said additional days will be announced for Miami-Dade.

For more information about the program, call 1-866-762-2237.

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Authorities turn away thousands of Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program applicants

There was high demand for government funds meant to be used for food this weekend in South Florida. By the time the temporary government distribution centers for the Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program cards were open Saturday morning, officers were already turning thousands away.

At C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines, there was a long line of people sleeping in their cars Friday and Saturday night. They wanted to be the first to get in and apply for a program designed to help them recover from Hurricane Irma, which prompted evacuations and power outages in September.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture entrusted the Florida’s Department of Children and Families with distributing the Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program cards, which can be redeemed for food at local supermarkets.

Government employees were moving as fast as they could at C.B. Smith Park trying to process applicants, as a long line of hopeful recipients waited outside. DCF Communications Director Beatriz Lopez said Saturday that they had served 1.1 million people in Florida and were going to help more, but not before coming up with a safer distribution plan.

Lopez said police officers were citing health and safety concerns. The centers at Amelia Earhart Park at 451 E 56 St., in Hialeah; tents at Tropical Park at 7900 SW 40 St.; Miami-Dade College’s North Campus at 11380 NW 27 Ave.; and South Dade Government Center at 10710 SW 211 St., were closed Saturday, according to Lopez.

Amelia Earhart Park’s location was going to remain closed, and the three other sites in Miami-Dade will be open Sunday, Lopez said.

“Individuals will be served as long as it is safe to do so,” Lopez said. “The lines at the sites may close down again early in the day in order to ensure safety operations.”

Locations in Broward County were also closed Saturday and Sunday, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright. She added BSO was working with program organizers and other law enforcement agencies to ensure the public’s safety during the process.

Lopez said the three Food for Florida locations in Broward County will be closed Sunday per a request from the Broward Sheriff’s Office following the response to the sites this week.

DCF will serve Broward County residents again later this month to ensure that every family in need has the opportunity to safely receive needed aid, Lopez said. Sites in neighboring counties are available to assist families for urgent needs.

Lopez said families can visit sites in Palm Beach County this week because Miami-Dade County has seen an unprecedented response.

Additional counties in the region also have sites that will be open and more information is available on the Food for Florida website, Lopez said. Information on date, time and locations will continue to be posted on the website and announced as soon as possible.

Seven temporary government sites opened in South Florida Wednesday and were meant to have employees meeting with applicants through Sunday. Officials were encouraging applicants to pre-register at MyFLFamilies.com, but on Saturday even some applicants who pre-registered were having to walk away.

The locations in Broward were Central Broward Regional Park at 3801 W. Sunrise Blvd., in Lauderhill; and the Quiet Waters Park at 401 S. Powerline Rd., in Deerfield Beach. Lopez said additional days will be announced for Miami-Dade.

For more information about the program, call 1-866-762-2237.

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Miami Seaquarium reopens more than a month after Hurricane Irma

The Miami Seaquarium reopened Friday, more than a month after Hurricane Irma devastated South Florida.

“(It’s the) first day opening after the storm, and it’s been a long few weeks, you know. And just like everybody else in South Florida, there’s been a lot of cleanup,” Miami Seaquarium curator Dwayne Biggs said. 

The Miami Seaquarium closed while crews and staff rolled up their sleeves to clean up after the storm. 

But employees of the Seaquarium said they had a hurricane plane in place as the park is all too familiar with how damaging a storm can be. 

“I was actually here for Wilma in 2005 and we had a huge amount of storm surge on the backside of our park, so we learned that that could be a potential for this storm,” Marnie Wood said. 

Some animals were moved to higher ground ahead of the hurricane. 

Photos showed the storm surge after Irma inside the park, which was flooded with about 2 feet of water.

“We do have docks, natural wood docks, in the area, so the docks did sustain some damage,” Wood said. 

Flipper Stadium and Discovery Bay are still closed for repairs, but everything from shows to educational sessions and animal encounters are fully functioning.

“The Miami Seaquarium has been here a very long time, and this is not the first storm that they’ve had to deal with,” Biggs said. 

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People line up early for Food for Florida events in South Florida

People lined up early Friday to sign up for D-SNAP benefits.

“I’ve been on line since 5 o’clock this morning,” Louanne Munoz, who was at the C.B. Smith Park event in Pembroke Pines, said.  

Some tempers were running short, as people waited for hours to be attended to, and there were 
even a few calls to fire rescue for heat-related issues.

There were about 10,000 people inside C.B. Smith Park at about noon Friday for the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program event.

“Traffic was backed up at 5:15 this morning,” Gene Price said. “People couldn’t even pull into schools after 7 o’clock. I waited seven hours inside there.” 

People who signed up for the Food for Florida events in Broward and Miami-Dade counties were given a card, which has disaster-assistance money on it with which people can buy groceries.
 
The cards are being distributed to people who live in any of Florida’s 48 disaster counties, and who fall within income and damage parameters. 

Many people who spoke to Local 10 News reporter Glenna Milberg on Friday said they lost of all of their food after losing power by Hurricane Irma. 

Most people in line didn’t know how much money they would receive, but were certain that they would be eligible.

“We’re hearing the same types of stories and circumstances over and over and over again,” said Paige Patterson-Hughes, with the Florida Department of Children and Families. “People who lost power, therefore they had to throw away their food (or) they weren’t able to work for a few days because businesses didn’t have power.” 

Cards will be handed out to those who already applied for assistance at the following locations between Oct. 11 and Oct. 15:

C.B. Smith Park
900 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines

Dates serving in order of last name: 

10/11 – A – F
10/12 – G – J
10/13 – K – O
10/14 – P – Z
10/15 – Make-up day

Central Broward Regional Park
3801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Lauderhill

Dates serving in order of last name: 

10/11 – A – F
10/12 – G – J
10/13 – K – O
10/14 – P – Z 
10/15 – Make-up day

Quiet Waters Park
401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach

Dates serving in order of last name: 
10/11 – A – F 
10/12 – G – J
10/13 – K – O 
10/14 – P – Z
10/15 – Make-up day

Tropical Park
7900 SW 40 Street, Miami

Dates serving in order of last name: 

10/11 – A – F
10/12 – G – J
10/13 – K – O
10/14 – P – Z
10/15 – Make-up day

Miami-Dade College North Campus
11380 NW 27th Avenue, Miami

Dates serving in order of last name: 

10/11 – A – F 
10/12 – G – J 
10/13 – K – O 
10/14 – P – Z 
10/15 – Make-up day

South Dade Government Center
10710 SW 211 Street, Miami

Dates serving in order of last name: 

10/11 – A – F 
10/12 – G – J 
10/13 – K – O 
10/14 – P – Z 
10/15 – Make-up day

Amelia Earhart Park
451 E 56 Street, Hialeah

Dates serving in order of last name: 

10/11 – A – F 
10/12 – G – J 
10/13 – K – O 
10/14 – P – Z 
10/15 – Make-up day

Click here to apply for the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program.

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People line up early for Food for Florida events in South Florida

People lined up early Friday to sign up for D-SNAP benefits.

“I’ve been on line since 5 o’clock this morning,” Louanne Munoz, who was at the C.B. Smith Park event in Pembroke Pines, said.  

Some tempers were running short, as people waited for hours to be attended to, and there were 
even a few calls to fire rescue for heat-related issues.

There were about 10,000 people inside C.B. Smith Park at about noon Friday for the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program event.

“Traffic was backed up at 5:15 this morning,” Gene Price said. “People couldn’t even pull into schools after 7 o’clock. I waited seven hours inside there.” 

People who signed up for the Food for Florida events in Broward and Miami-Dade counties were given a card, which has disaster-assistance money on it with which people can buy groceries.
 
The cards are being distributed to people who live in any of Florida’s 48 disaster counties, and who fall within income and damage parameters. 

Many people who spoke to Local 10 News reporter Glenna Milberg on Friday said they lost of all of their food after losing power by Hurricane Irma. 

Most people in line didn’t know how much money they would receive, but were certain that they would be eligible.

“We’re hearing the same types of stories and circumstances over and over and over again,” said Paige Patterson-Hughes, with the Florida Department of Children and Families. “People who lost power, therefore they had to throw away their food (or) they weren’t able to work for a few days because businesses didn’t have power.” 

Cards will be handed out to those who already applied for assistance at the following locations between Oct. 11 and Oct. 15:

C.B. Smith Park
900 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines

Dates serving in order of last name: 

10/11 – A – F
10/12 – G – J
10/13 – K – O
10/14 – P – Z
10/15 – Make-up day

Central Broward Regional Park
3801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Lauderhill

Dates serving in order of last name: 

10/11 – A – F
10/12 – G – J
10/13 – K – O
10/14 – P – Z 
10/15 – Make-up day

Quiet Waters Park
401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach

Dates serving in order of last name: 
10/11 – A – F 
10/12 – G – J
10/13 – K – O 
10/14 – P – Z
10/15 – Make-up day

Tropical Park
7900 SW 40 Street, Miami

Dates serving in order of last name: 

10/11 – A – F
10/12 – G – J
10/13 – K – O
10/14 – P – Z
10/15 – Make-up day

Miami-Dade College North Campus
11380 NW 27th Avenue, Miami

Dates serving in order of last name: 

10/11 – A – F 
10/12 – G – J 
10/13 – K – O 
10/14 – P – Z 
10/15 – Make-up day

South Dade Government Center
10710 SW 211 Street, Miami

Dates serving in order of last name: 

10/11 – A – F 
10/12 – G – J 
10/13 – K – O 
10/14 – P – Z 
10/15 – Make-up day

Amelia Earhart Park
451 E 56 Street, Hialeah

Dates serving in order of last name: 

10/11 – A – F 
10/12 – G – J 
10/13 – K – O 
10/14 – P – Z 
10/15 – Make-up day

Click here to apply for the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program.

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