8 a.m. Sept. 6, 2019
As we wrap up our communications for hurricane Dorian, below are links to some of the media reporting of efforts to maintain the health and safety of the people in our care.
Local media in Orlando, Florida, produced nine live broadcasts during early morning, noon and evening news programs. National coverage included The New York Times, Reuters and PBS Newshour.
More than 30 stories were published about employees and residents at Good Samaritan Society locations in Kissimmee, DeLand and Daytona, and at the National Campus in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The positive media coverage is a reflection of the outstanding performance of our employees from South Dakota to Florida in demonstrating the dedication and love we all have for our residents.
- The New York Times: Hurricane Dorian Tests Florida’s Ability to Move Older Adults Out of Harm’s Way
- Reuters: Floridians evacuate and grumble as Hurricane Dorian slowly nears
- PBS Newshour: PBS Newshour
- Spectrum Channel 13: Kissimmee Seniors Breathe Sigh-of-Relief After Return Home
- Orlando Sentinel: Hurricane Dorian prompts mandatory evacuation for Good Samaritan retirement community in Kissimmee
- Palm Beach Post: Florida hospitals, nursing homes begin evacuations as Hurricane Dorian approaches
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10 a.m. Sept. 5, 2019
- The Good Samaritan Society has completed transporting residents from our location in DeLand, Florida, back to their homes at Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village. All nursing home and assisted living residents are back in their homes on the Kissimmee campus. Senior living residents (apartments, cottages, etc) continue to return to their homes. All residents who were at the special needs and St. Cloud Community Center shelters have returned to their homes.
- The Kissimmee campus has returned to routine operations. The Thrift Shop will re-open Friday.
- We have begun returning residents from DeLand to their homes in Daytona. We anticipate completing transporting all residents from DeLand to Daytona by Thursday late afternoon.
- No facilities or campuses sustained damages due to hurricane Dorian. All facilities and campuses are operational. A tree limb fell on a cottage at our DeLand location, causing limited damage but no injuries.
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- The Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village campus is in good condition. It received no impact from rain or wind. No trees are down and no windows are broken.
- The wastewater treatment plant continues to be operational and has not been impacted by weather conditions.
- All utilities are in normal operation.
- Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village is open with full access for residents and employees. Currently there is no housekeeping, food or environmental services available. Staff are working to restore those services as soon as possible.
- Kissimmee Village senior living residents (apartments, cottages etc) who voluntarily evacuated are free to return to their homes.
- Residents being sheltered at the St. Cloud Community Center will be transported back to their homes at Kissimmee Village today, beginning this morning.
- The Incident Command Center is developing logistical plans to begin returning Kissimmee Village nursing home and assisted living residents from DeLand back to their homes in Kissimmee Village.
- DeLand, Florida, is experiencing rain and significant winds. We will continue to monitor weather conditions before moving residents out of the DeLand facility. It is hoped that staff will begin transporting Kissimmee Village assisted living residents from DeLand to Kissimmee after lunch today.
- The Daytona area continues to experience significant rain with strong winds. Good Samaritan Society – Daytona residents being housed in DeLand will not begin returning to their homes before Thursday, Sept. 5. We will continue to monitor weather conditions to safely prepare to transport residents from DeLand to Daytona.
- Hurricane Dorian is located about 90 miles east of Daytona Beach, Florida moving north, northwest at 8 mph. Maximum sustained winds are 105 mph. Dorian is expected to turn toward the north this evening, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast on Thursday morning.
- For Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village, Osceola County has lifted the countywide curfew allowing us to lift the Kissimmee campus lockdown. This is due to Hurricane Dorian’s current location and forecast path for the next two days.
- It’s expected Osceola County will lift the mandatory evacuation at 7 a.m. Eastern time today.
- We anticipate Senior Living residents who voluntarily evacuated to begin returning today.
- The Incident Command Center is developing a plan to transport residents from the St. Cloud Community Center shelter and from Good Samaritan Society – Florida Lutheran in DeLand back to Kissimmee and Daytona.
Osceola County announced tonight that the curfew has been lifted effective immediately for all county residents. Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village is lifting its lockdown and residents are allowed full access to the campus. There are no plans to shut down the wastewater treatment plant. Osceola County is expected to provide an additional update on Wednesday morning.
The following message is being delivered to all residents of Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village this afternoon via the on-campus one-call system.
- The Good Samaritan Society Kissimmee Incident Command Center and Osceola County continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian. While it looks like the storm could head in a northerly direction, Florida’s east coast still faces major threats. Flash flooding will be a concern beginning today. Please be aware of your surroundings and stay away from low-lying, flood-prone areas.
- The mandatory evacuation status has not changed and the Kissimmee Village community gates will be secured at 5:30 p.m. No one will be permitted in or out after that time.
- A crew is on site at the Kissimmee campus and will determine if and when to shut down the wastewater treatment plant. We will alert you to any changes.
Please stay safe!
- Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village has completed the resident evacuation process. Some residents have chosen to remain in their homes. The campus is secure with enhanced security presence, and the rideout crew will monitor storm conditions to determine whether the wastewater treatment plant needs to be shut down.
- Good Samaritan Society – Daytona has evacuated its nursing home residents to Good Samaritan Society – Florida Lutheran in DeLand. Evacuation of remaining residents is ongoing.
- Good Samaritan Society – Florida Lutheran in DeLand is at capacity.
- All locations have the required staff, supplies and generators to ensure the safety and security of our Florida residents.
- The Kissimmee Incident Command Center has be moved to Orlando and activated. This group will continue to coordinate all activities with the National Campus Incident Command Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
- Hurricane Dorian is located about 105 miles east of West Palm Beach with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph. Dorian has been stationary since Monday evening. A slow north-northwestward motion is expected to begin this morning. A turn to the north is forecast by Wednesday evening, followed by a turn to the north-northeast Thursday morning. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles. A wind gust to 61 mph was recently reported at Juno Beach Pier, Florida.
- The flash flood threat will increase today and tonight along the Florida peninsula, then spread up the southeast and mid-Atlantic coast during the middle and latter part of the week.
The Good Samaritan Society Kissimmee Incident Command Center and Osceola County continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian. Based on the current storm track we expect to secure the campus by Monday evening. We will continue to monitor the storm and provide updates as forecast information becomes available.
All residents, staff and families are urged to please complete storm preparedness activities today as soon as possible.
4:30 a.m. Sept. 2
- Hurricane Dorian is located approximately 115 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida. Maximum winds are 165 mph moving west at 1 mph.
- Daytona Beach is under a storm surge watch which means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the coastline in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.
- The Good Samaritan Society’s Incident Command Center is directing the process of evacuating employees and residents at its Daytona location.
- Approximately 140 skilled nursing and assisted living residents have been evacuated from Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village to Good Samaritan Society – Florida Lutheran in DeLand.
- All Kissimmee Village residents are evacuating due to the Osceola County mandatory evacuation order. Osceola County has opened the St. Cloud Community Center for Good Samaritan Society residents needing emergency shelter.
- The Society’s Kissimmee Incident Command Center will move to Orland today at noon. A small rideout crew will remain at Kissimmee Village throughout the storm, including armed security officers.
- Osceola County has issued a mandatory evacuation of all Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village residents effective Monday, Sept. 2. All residents must evacuate by noon Monday.
- Osceola County will open the St. Cloud Community Center for Kissimmee Village residents who need a pet-friendly shelter. It will open at 5 p.m. today.
- Please bring a kennel for pets, toiletries, bedding, medications, and overnight supplies for up to four days. Cots will be provided.
- Residents requiring transportation assistance, please call (855) 225-2830 so appropriate accommodations can be made.
- Each resident is limited to one suitcase at the shelter.
- Buses will be available at the Kissimmee Village community center at 5 p.m. today.
- There will be a Town Hall meeting at the Kissimmee Village Community Church at 3 p.m. today. Tune into the Kissimmee Village TV channel for more details.
For evacuating residents: When you leave your home, anticipate that you may be gone two weeks. Be sure to bring with you:
- All medications (including pills, inhalers, creams, injections, nitroglycerin pills)
- Hearing aides/batteries
- Glucose monitor
- Walker or cane
- Support hose or any other medical supplies you regularly use (like a nebulizer machine)
- Purse/wallet/important documents (such as passport and healthcare directives)
- Cell phone and charger
- Personal hygiene products
Evacuees: Please call (855) 225-2830 with your full name, contact information, evacuation location and when you are evacuating.
Osceola County Emergency Management has issued a mandatory evacuation effective Monday, Sept. 2, for all Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village residents and have established a shelter at the St. Cloud Community Center specifically for Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village residents. The shelter will open at 8 a.m. on Monday.
The evacuation of nursing home and assisted living residents to our Good Samaritan Society location in DeLand has completed that location's capacity. There is no room there for additional residents. Kissimmee Village senior living residents will need to seek shelter at other locations, including St. Cloud Community Center which opens at noon Monday, Sept. 2.
- Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village staff members are loading health care center (nursing home) residents in ambulances, and assisted living residents in buses today and transporting them to Good Samaritan Society – Florida Lutheran in DeLand. That process will be completed today.
- Food service and housekeeping is ending today for housing with services (apartments, cottages etc.) residents after dinner today. It is not known when those services will resume.
- The Kissimmee Village team is monitoring the weather forecast and will make a decision on when the water treatment plant will be shut down based on rain/flood impacts.
- A resident-only one-call message will be sent to Kissimmee Village residents by 11 a.m. Eastern time today with updated evacuation procedures.
- Hurricane Dorian is located about 70 miles off Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. Maximum sustained winds are 150 mph moving west at 8 mph.
- A tropical storm warning is now in effect for a portion of the Florida east coast. Since Dorian is forecast to slow down and turn northward as it approaches the coast, life-threatening storm surge and dangerous hurricane-force winds are still possible along portions of the Florida east coast by the middle part of this week. Heavy rains, capable of producing life-threatening flash floods, are possible over coastal sections of the southeast and lower mid-Atlantic regions of the United States through late this week.
- The Good Samaritan Society’s three Florida locations continue to prepare for the storm. Kissimmee Village has its Incident Command Center installed. The team will participate in a call at 10 a.m. Eastern Time with the Osceola County Emergency Management Office and the County Executive Policy Committee to determine whether the County will issue a mandatory evacuation for Kissimmee Village residents based on today’s forecast.
Osceola County continues to recommend that residents evacuate.
Please call (855) 225-2830 with your full name, contact information, evacuation location and when you are evacuating. Or call the administration office or marketing office to provide this information.
- Dorian’s storm forecast continues to be uncertain and changing on a daily basis.
- The campus wastewater treatment plant will be shut down and residents staying through the storm will not have utility service.
- A recommended packing list for our senior living residents is available below. Click "Preparing for evacuation: in the page menu.
- Please keep the (855) 225-2830 number to inform us when you are returning to the campus. You can also call that number for ongoing updates.
- We will have a Town Hall meeting at the Community Church at 4 p.m. today.
- There continues to be uncertainty with the forecast of Hurricane Dorian.
- The Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village campus will have additional armed security staff beginning on Sunday and continuing through the recovery process.
- The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office will enhance their patrols at Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village beginning today and continuing through the recovery process.
- The Osceola Council on Aging is opening a special needs shelter at 4:30 p.m. today at Barney E. Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee.
- The storm is currently located about 470 miles west of Palm Beach, Florida. Maximum sustained winds are 140 mph, a Category 4 storm. Dorian is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 mph. A slower west-northwestward to westward motion should begin later today and continue into early next week. On this track, the core of Dorian should move over the Atlantic well north of the southeastern and central Bahamas today, be near or over the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday, and be near the Florida east coast late Monday. Life-threatening storm surge and devastating hurricane-force winds are still possible along portions of the Florida east coast by the early to middle part of next week, but since Dorian is forecast to slow down and turn northward near the coast, it is too soon to determine when or where the highest surge and winds will occur.
- Osceola County continues to advise all residents to evacuate.
- The Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village staff members continue to make arrangements for our special needs residents and have already begun to evacuate them to Good Samaritan Society – Florida Lutheran in De Land.
- Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village senior living (apartments and manufactured homes) residents have been strongly encouraged to begin the evacuation process. See the list of necessary supplies below.
- Osceola County Commissioner Peggy Choudhry has been extremely helpful in helping all senior living facilities locate shelters for the county’s senior residents.
Hurricane Dorian is located about 470 miles west of Palm Beach, Florida. Maximum sustained winds are 140 mph, a Category 4 storm. Dorian is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 mph.
A slower west-northwestward to westward motion should begin later today and continue into early next week. On this track, the core of Dorian should move over the Atlantic well north of the southeastern and central Bahamas today, be near or over the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday, and be near the Florida east coast late Monday.
Life-threatening storm surge and devastating hurricane-force winds are still possible along portions of the Florida east coast by the early to middle part of next week, but since Dorian is forecast to slow down and turn northward near the coast, it is too soon to determine when or where the highest surge and winds will occur
The Good Samaritan Society’s Florida locations in Daytona, DeLand and Kissimmee continue to monitor the storm’s track and forecast flood impacts. At Kissimmee Village, the Osceola County Emergency Management Office has requested all residents to evacuate, and the Society are making preparations to evacuate its residents.
Immediate evacuation encouraged for Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village
The Good Samaritan Society continues to make preparations for Hurricane Dorian, which is forecast to make landfall in Central Florida on Monday as a Category 4 storm.
- The Osceola County Emergency Management Office has requested that all residents evacuate the campus at Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village. Please immediately begin evacuation procedures, and contact family members if you need support evacuating. Senior living residents are expected to make their own arrangements for evacuation.
- Please call (855) 225-2830 to report your contact information.
- Our highest value is for everyone’s personal safety and security. This storm will disable many utility services and potentially compromise living conditions. Most employees are evacuating their families as well. There will be limited resources on the campus at Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village during and immediately following the storm. Please begin making arrangements now for accommodations to a safe place.
- Skilled nursing residents in Kissimmee Village will be provided assistance for evacuation and the Good Samaritan Society has secured a temporary shelter at Good Samaritan Society – Florida Lutheran in De Land, Florida.
- Sand bags are now available at the driving range near the Kissimmee Village golf course for residents to use for their homes. Three sand bags per resident. Please place all unsecured items in a safe location at your residence. Armed security staff will be reinforced to ensure the campus remains safe during and after the storm.
Be safe. Do not wait to evacuate.
Weather tracking reports forecast that Hurricane Dorian, expected to become a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 130 mph and greater, will make landfall in Florida early morning Monday, Sept. 2. The Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village has been meeting with the Osceola County Emergency Management Office to coordinate a hurricane preparedness plan, which included onsite visits to help prepare staff and residents as well as establishing an evacuation plan, should it be needed.
Good Samaritan Society – Daytona, Luther Hall and Good Samaritan Society — Florida Lutheran in De Land have also initiated their hurricane preparedness plans to protect our residents and employees.
Society, Daytona, Deland and Kissimmee leadership continue to monitor the hurricane’s progress and designated employees are scheduled to remain on campus during a severe storm to ensure the safety and security of the entire campus. With landfall expected Monday morning near Kissimmee, the campus has begun their five-day planning process. This process includes:
- Ensuring all drains are clear
- Fully stocking food/water supplies
- Reinforcing shutters to secure windows
- Storing all unsecured items inside facility storage
- Filling and placing sand bags in designated locations to prevent flooding
- Checking and testing emergency generators per state regulations
- Activating the one-call system to effectively notify employees and residents of storm conditions and evacuation procedures (if needed)
- Broadcasting messages on the closed-circuit television system with important updates
- Enabling satellite phones to maintain communication should regular telephone/cell phone services fail
- Putting bus fleet on standby should residents need to be transported off campus