Good news in Florida! As of this morning Hurricane Irma traveled north beyond three Sagora communities in Florida. Each community–Brennity at Melbourne, Brennity at Tradition and Brennity at Vero Beach–reports that all residents and associates are safe and continue to follow shelter-in-place guidelines until further notice.
Three communities lost power; however, Vero Beach power was restored by lunchtime today. Two communities remain without power, although crews are reportedly working in the local municipalities of Melbourne and Port St Lucie to attempt to restore power. We are monitoring this closely and will report when the power companies reconnect electricity at Melbourne and Port St Lucie.
Our pre-hurricane preparations served each community effectively and efficiently. These plans remain in place. Our back-up generators are in designated areas at each community to accommodate functioning mechanical refrigeration and portable air conditioning units during a power outage. We have reports that most wireless connections are still possible from inside our communities and the high-water threats are subsiding. We consider it a blessing that our communities were spared the more catastrophic impact from the hurricane. We continue to watch with cautious optimism.
We have residents reporting they are enjoying coffee with neighbors and enjoying oatmeal or bacon & eggs in some cases, albeit they are certainly following all precautions to remain alert and aware of the ongoing storm clean up.
As a reminder, any families or other parties seeking information regarding a specific Florida community in the impact area should contact a Sagora Senior Living corporate executive directly at 817-916-5907.