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Local senior centers discuss emergency evacuation plans

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After a fire broke out inside of Shire at Culverton in Irondequoit Wednesday night, 160 people had to be evacuated from. Fire inspectors are still investigating the cause of the fire.

We’re told the facility was able to find other rooms for the people who live there.

That’s not always the case, so WROC-TV asked the Vice President of Long Term Care at Rochester Regional Health what kind of back-up plans many of these facilities usually have.  

Before a patient and their family chooses to live in one of their centers, RGH staff will walk them through their emergency management plan.

“We also have partnered facilities that will support us in being able to relocate residents to those areas,” said Mark Klyczak, Vice President of Long Term Care.

Many nursing homes participate in this Mutual-Aid Program. But Klyczak says if the incident warrants more help they will reach out to neighboring county’s and the Red Cross.

Senior centers will also meet with local first responders to set up a plan of action in case of an emergency does happen.

“We bring in medical resources in the form of ambulances to assist in the immediate medical needs, if longer term we work with the facility on finding temporary housing for them, also as part of that mutual-aid plan they have accommodations for those needs like oxygen,” said Chief Steve Sessler of the Ridge Culver Fire Department.

Sessler says if temporary outside housing is needed they’ll call buses in from RTS which has a plan in place in coordination with the county.

Many senior facilities will also run mock evacuations and drills to test the plan with their first responders.

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