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Irma Update

There is no doubt that Hurricane Irma caused much damage to the state of Florida, and created a tremendous amount of stress, anxiety and concern for its citizens and visitors alike.

We sincerely hope that everyone stayed safe during the storm, and have since been able to get in touch with your loved ones.

Moreover, we owe an enormous debt of gratitude to our devoted team members who worked tirelessly and selflessly to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our residents. The way in which we all came together to prepare for and respond to Hurricane Irma strengthened our team and resident bonds even more so.

Now that the storm has passed, the Cypress Palms family is looking forward to sunny skies ahead! We are happy to have returned to our daily activities as normal. We would like to extend a thank you to all family members, friends and others for checking our updates on the website and Facebook page during the storm, as well as your patience.

During natural disasters as well as the everyday, we are dedicated to providing residents with support, care and services, ensuring their safety 24/7. If you have a friend or loved one who may be interested in our community or require additional care, we invite you to contact us directly at 727-559-7888.

Hurricane Irma Preparedness

The safety and well-being of our residents and employees is our highest priority. We have a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan in place, and are equipped with water, food, permanent or temporary generators, and supplies. Appropriate actions are being taken and will continue to be taken in order to keep everyone safe as we watch the storm closely. Our leadership is in close communication with our management company’s executive leadership team. Directions provided by local and state authorities are being monitored and will be followed as instructed.

For the latest weather information in your area choose one of the links below:

Hurricane Irma Updates

Latest updates in response to Hurricane Irma will be posted on this page. If you have any specific questions, please call our community at 727-559-7888.


Friday, September 15th @ 3:10pm EDT.

Cypress Palms has been fully operational now for more than 24 hours. This will be our last update. We would like to extend a thank you to all family members, friends and others for visiting this page for updates, as well as your patience. Please contact us directly with any further questions.

Thursday, September 14th @ 12:10pm EDT.

We happy to report that the phone lines at our community are currently in the process of being restored. We hope our communications will be fully operational by end of day.

Wednesday, September 13th @ 1:25pm EDT.

Note from our Executive Director, Victor Piperata: We continue to wait for phone lines to be restored. Otherwise, all is good and again, the team is nothing less than amazing.

Tuesday, September 12th @ 10:35am EDT.

Note from our Executive Director, Victor Piperata: We are happy to inform you that power has been restored at our community. Our generator ran throughout last night. Telephone and data communications are still down, and cell phone coverage is spotty. We have calls placed into the telecommunication companies to check our status. We appreciate your patience as communications are restored.

Monday, September 11th @ 12:10pm EDT.

A note from our Executive Director, Victor Piperata: We are currently on generator power and comfortable. Have two calls into Duke Energy, and as a health care community, we have Priority 1 status. This morning we held a successful Department Head meeting to structure the day. Residents, staff and families will receive lunch and dinner today. In terms of supplies, we are well stocked with medications, nursing supplies, food and water. There were a few leaks in the building, and Maintenance is doing a terrific job resolving these.

Sunday, September 10th @ 8:40pm EDT.

Note from our Executive Director, Victor Piperata: Thanks to our amazing team of staff, we’ve managed the increased numbers of staff and families incredibly well. Dinner was enjoyable for all. Folks are now playing board games and watching the news. Pleased to hear that the storm is downsizing to a Cat 1 for our area.

Sunday, September 10th @ 11:20am EDT.

  • Residents, staff and families are going about their normal activities. We are prepared on all fronts. All is calm.
  • A department head meeting was held at 9:45am EDT to review all plans. We will continue to meet frequently.
  • All staff meeting was held this morning and again this afternoon. Will include residents and a prayer circle led by Becca, our community Spiritual Director.
  • We will collect visitor and employee manifest at 6pm following dinner. We will also hand out name tags.
  • We are locking down doors earlier today at 5pm, with only entrance being the front door.
  • We will be serving lunch and dinner to all staff as well.
  • We have over 800 gallons of water in bladders plus another 1,000 bottles on hand.

Saturday, September 9th @ 10:00pm EDT.

  • Residents are comfortable.
  • Staff is all checked-in.
  • Staff and maintenance crew filled 4 – 5 water BOBS, plus other tasks are now complete.

Saturday, September 9th @ 2:05pm EDT.

  • All preparations have been made. Maintenance team and leadership are on-site making rounds.

Friday, September 8th @ 10:25pm EDT.

This evening, Kim Te Brugge, Vice President of Operations for the senior living and health care division for The Goodman Group, participated in a phone call with Florida Governor, Rick Scott. During the call, Gov. Scott provided the following priorities for all senior living communities in Florida.

  • Priority will be made to help assisted living and skilled nursing communities with sourcing fuel after Hurricane for generators.
  • Healthcare providers will be placed as priority for restoring power.
  • Assistance will be available for sites that have mandatory evacuation order to find shelter.
  • Many shelters still have availability if evacuation is needed.

Gov. Scott will be hosting another call tomorrow night with updates, Kim, will be joining the call. The latest updates from the call with Gov. Scott will be posted on this page.

Friday, September 8th @ 4:25pm EDT.

  • Weather is currently stable in Largo.  No significant wind or rain.
  • Led by our Executive Director, we have been holding frequent meetings to touch base across teams.
  • Dependent on the circumstance, residents may need to be moved to safety on a higher floor. Food, beverages, water, and activities are available.
  • Additional staff members and volunteers are reporting to work and plan to stay through the events of the storm to ensure the safety, comfort and well-being of all residents.
  • Nursing staff is prepared to communicate using battery operated walkie-talkies to ensure we can continue meet residents’ needs.
  • All of the residents’ most current medical records have been printed and are readily accessible in the case of a power outage.
  • We have offered immediate staff members’ families to ride out the storm in the safety of the building in designated family areas.
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