LeadingAge Florida President & CEO Steve Bahmer has been selected to represent aging services on the The Post-Hurricane Recovery Best Practices Task Force.
“Steve brings expertise, energy and insight to the task force,” said task force Chair, Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp. “As an association, LeadingAge Florida has a reputation for providing the highest quality of care to their residents – including during natural disasters.”
The Hurricane Post-Recovery Best Practices Task Force is a bi-partisan group of concerned citizens who offer recommendations to local government officials with the goal of improving our community’s preparedness and response to hurricanes and other severe storms. Recommendations will focus on improving organizational structure including the establishment of a clear chain of command; implementing a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan with appropriate coordination between the county and city; improving communications with the public; and prioritizing services to those with the greatest need.
“In the wake of Hurricane Hermine – a storm which left more than 100,000 Tallahassee-area residents without power – LeadingAge Florida worked with Gov. Scott, as well as with County and City officials during and after the storm to assess its impact on aging services providers in the affected area and the recovery efforts that would be necessary,” said Steve Bahmer. “I was in frequent contact with our Mayor and City Commissioners, urging them to prioritize senior care communities in their efforts to restore power to the city.”
“We are working with government officials to ensure that those who are the most vulnerable in Tallahassee, the nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospice, and other homes where people rely on power for essential medical care, are a priority in the event something like this happens again,” continued Bahmer. “I look forward to working with the Task Force to be a voice for our senior population.”