John Knox Village Weathered Hurricane Irma with Strength and Grace

By / Posted on September 19th, 2017

Spirits remained high before, during and after Hurricane Irma struck the city of Pompano Beach, FL in general and The Woodlands at John Knox Village in particular.

Located in the city of Pompano Beach, Florida’s first GREEN HOUSE® Project served a total of 246 guests (residents/elders) with residents transferring from Assisted Living, along with several Independent Living residents.

Additionally, 31 spouses of residents joined their loved ones along with 24 family members and children who were also together for the storm.

Scott Pfeifer, of RDG Architects comments, “As architects, we are trained in designing environments that focus on the health, safety and welfare of the building occupants as well as the community at large.  It is fulfilling for us at RDG Planning & Design to know that we have created a building for the elders and staff at John Knox Village that support The Green House philosophy while keeping everyone safe during Hurricane Irma.  The building became a safe haven for the community, and is a testament to the collaborative efforts in planning which involved owners, architects, interior designers, engineers, construction managers,The Green House Project and Florida AHCA“.

Elders in the Woodlands were served by 97 staff/team members which included CNA’s, Shahbazim, Nurses, Housekeepers, Managers, Dining Service Staff and Floor Technicians. The total number of people in the building through the storm was 343. Nobody was turned away.

The JKV team was united in its focus on elders’ safety, so in advance of the storm staff meetings took place based on the JKV Hurricane Manual (2017) following the Emergency Management Plan Manual.

Staff Hurricane Meetings were held twice a day as the storm was approaching. The plan was executed based on:
72 Hour – Hurricane Alert
48 Hour – Hurricane Watch
36 Hour Hurricane Watch
24 Hour – Hurricane Warning

Best Practices Steps Taken Included:
• Double checking hurricane food, water supplies and medications
• Deploying Hurricane Nursing Medical Supplies
• Topping off diesel generators
• Setting up rented cots for Villa Residents and Staff
• Assigning Director or Leadership Team Members as Building Supervisors
Deploying Two-Way Radios
• Continuing Communications during and post-storm with regular meetings
• Once Power was lost, generators automatically turned on for emergency power
• Once Power was lost in Health Care Settings, temperatures were monitored and hydration rounds were consistently done.