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Disaster Preparedness

“Avoid Groundhog Day – Get An Emergency Response Plan In Place!”

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

On Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, signaling six more weeks of winter. Given the likely bad weather, these six weeks of “down time” are the perfect opportunity for construction professionals to develop,...more

Corporate E-Note - January 2018

by Burr & Forman on

In an article published in the current issue of IndustryToday, Birmingham attorney Miya Moore expands on the need for manufacturers to engage in disaster preparedness to ensure business continuity. Many manufacturers are...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - January 2018

by Burr & Forman on

As you have likely seen by now, December was quite a busy month for the National Labor Relations Board ("the Board"). The Board issued major decisions affecting employers, and Peter Robb, the new General Counsel for the...more

AHCA Sees the Light on Nursing Home Generator Rule, Unplugging Challenge

After Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, a nursing home in South Florida lost power, and several residents of that nursing home died allegedly as the result of increased temperatures caused by the loss of air...more

Florida Argentum Reports That Appeals Court Strikes Down Emergency Stay in Generator Case

Florida Argentum reports that the Florida’s First District Court of Appeal issued a response to its motion filed last week and determined that an “automatic stay” of the Division of Administrative Hearings’ Final Order...more

Appeals Court Strikes Down Emergency Stay in Generator Case

Florida’s First District Court of Appeal issued a response to Florida Argentum’s motion filed last week and determined that an “automatic stay” of the Division of Administrative Hearings’ Final Order invalidating Emergency...more

Positive Ruling On Generator Rules May Not Protect Owners In The Short Term

Notwithstanding what we consider a well-reasoned and proper ruling by an Administrative Law Judge against Governor Scott’s emergency rule on generators and fuel, cautious senior living facility owners may still want to submit...more

K&L Gates Triage: Emergency Preparedness and Response in Long Term Care - Part III

by K&L Gates LLP on

In the final episode of our three-part series on emergency preparedness and response in long term care, Kimi Gordy sits down with Sara Hamm, Senior Vice President of Successful Aging & Health Services for Lifespace...more

Florida Nursing Home Tragedy Causes Rethinking of Disaster Preparedness

The recent tragedy in which 12 Florida nursing home residents died when the facility lost power during Hurricane Irma is causing government officials to rethink disaster planning....more

K&L Gates Triage: Emergency Preparedness and Response in Long Term Care - Part II

by K&L Gates LLP on

This is the second episode in a three-part series on emergency preparedness and response in long-term care. Since natural disasters can result in monumental expenses for rebuilding facilities, it is important to understand...more

Best in Law: Houston Has a Problem; Make Sure You Don’t - Partner D. Brian Reider Writes About Disaster Preparedness for the...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As the horrible hurricane Harvey and Irma disasters unfolded recently, and wildfires have raged all over the West, we are reminded that the time is now to think carefully about disaster preparedness. Here in California, our...more

K&L Gates Triage: Emergency Preparedness and Response in Long Term Care

by K&L Gates LLP on

This is the first episode in a three-part series on emergency preparedness and response in long-term care. Recent hurricanes affecting the United States have brought to light the importance of health care providers devising a...more

Florida Nursing Home Deaths Have Ripple Effects for Facilities Statewide

Hurricane Irma’s wrath knocked out power to much of Florida. At one South Florida senior rehabilitation center left in the dark, the generator was not powerful enough to sustain the air conditioning system, and a portable...more

Emergency Rules Requiring Generators in Florida ALFs and Nursing Homes

by Holland & Knight LLP on

As a result of Hurricane Irma, eight nursing home residents died after a power failure in a Hollywood, Florida nursing home. In the wake of that tragedy, on Sept. 18, 2017, Florida regulators published emergency rules...more

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Checklist

by Carlton Fields on

Threats to your business operations come in many forms, including natural disasters that risk life and property such as the historic flooding from Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the risks from Hurricane Irma, or this summer's...more

How to guarantee bad performance from your vendors

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

A well-crafted master services agreement for outsourced services can create a powerful alliance between you as the customer and the service provider or vendor. On the other hand, there are some pitfalls will likely or...more

Comprehensive FAQs For Employers On Hurricanes And Other Workplace Disasters

by Fisher Phillips on

This list of frequently asked questions was originally prepared by the law firm of Fisher Phillips in 2005, in response to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. It has been updated several times over the course of the past 12...more

How to Protect Yourself from Financial Disaster in the Wake of a Natural Disaster

In light of Hurricane Harvey and all the damage that it caused, as well as the potential damage that may be inflicted by Hurricane Irma, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has provided advice on measures to take...more

What Issues May Employers Be Required to Address as Hurricane Irma Threatens?

by FordHarrison on

As Florida and the East Coast of the U.S. brace for Hurricane Irma, the approaching storm serves as a reminder that employers should be prepared to address storm-related issues if they are required to close their businesses...more

Hurricane Irma: Take A Hard Look At Force Majeure Clauses And Your Business Risks

With Hurricane Irma approaching Florida, people are naturally focused on preparations for its arrival and the potential adverse impacts that it will have. For businesses, that should include analysis of contractual...more

Employers Brace for Hurricane Irma

by Littler on

With many Americans still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, the next storm is already approaching. Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, is approaching Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin...more

Harvey And Irma – Reminders To Adopt/Reevaluate Your Disaster Recovery Plan

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The effects of hurricanes like Harvey and the approaching Irma should be a reminder to all businesses of the importance of disaster recovery planning. When a storm approaches, a business’s first concern is how to protect its...more

Early Recovery Checklist for FEMA and Other Related Emergency Services

by Blank Rome LLP on

Homeland Security - The Importance of Evaluating Property and Making a Plan - A natural disaster can leave you and your business mired in financial uncertainty and insecurity. Assessing conditions, values, and...more

CFPB publishes a financial toolkit for victims of Hurricane Harvey

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On September 5, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a blog post regarding what to do in the event of a natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey. The CFPB recommends that affected consumers consolidate...more

Flooding in Houston: Can We – Should We? – Plan for Such Massive Flooding Events?

by Downey Brand LLP on

All eyes are appropriately on Houston right now, where record rainfall has led to catastrophic flooding, loss of life, inestimable damages, and years if not decades of recovery and re-building. Around the country, many...more

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