We are pleased to have weathered Hurricane Idalia, and everyone is safe and doing well. Our first priority is always the safety and well-being of our residents and team members. While there may be a lot of debris to clean up, we are pleased that life will return to normal soon, and we were pleased to host residents from our sister communities to support them.
This will be our final update on the effects of Hurricane Idalia. For further information, we encourage you to contact the Executive Director or Administrator.
We have sheltered in place and have weathered Hurricane Idalia at our community. Everyone is safe and doing well. We were happy to welcome residents from Westminster Shores, Westminster Manor and Westminster Point Pleasant as they sheltered at our community.
Our first priority is always the safety and well-being of our employees and team members. We will continue to update if there is any additional information.
We are updating residents and family members on our current situation, as Hurricane Idalia continues its path. As of this morning, the hurricane is positioned approximately 125 miles off the coast of Tampa, and we are feeling its effects here on the campus. We are currently experiencing rain and occasional wind gusts as the storm progresses. However, we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our residents and team members. Throughout the night, we have remained on full city power, which has enabled us to maintain a secure and comfortable environment despite the challenging weather conditions.
While we are not yet through the entirety of the storm, we wanted to let you know that your loved ones are safe and well. Our dedicated team has been working diligently to ensure that everyone remains sheltered and cared for throughout this period of uncertainty.
As soon as it is safe to do so, our maintenance team along with administration will assess the campus for any potential damage. The safety and well-being of our residents are our top priorities, and we will take all necessary steps to ensure that our facilities are secure.
Your kindness and well wishes have truly touched our hearts during this time of uncertainty. We are reminded of the strength of our community as we come together to support one another. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to those who may still be affected as the storm continues its journey towards North Florida and Georgia.
Please remember to stay informed about the ongoing developments and to prioritize your safety and well-being. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Once again, thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Let’s continue to stand united and support each other through the aftermath of Hurricane Idalia.
As you are aware, Westminster Palms has been closely monitoring the developments of Hurricane Idalia over the past few days. We are sharing an update regarding our hurricane-preparedness plans and the latest information we have received from the emergency management team in Pinellas County.
The authorities in Pinellas County have changed our community from Zone A to Zone B, and therefore it is not mandatory to evacuate. Westminster Palms is now actively planning and preparing to shelter in place during the storm.
While we can never predict the exact course of a hurricane, the information we have received indicates that the risk in our immediate vicinity has diminished, and our safety is not as compromised as initially thought.
Please be assured that our decision has been made in consultation with the experts and emergency management officials who are well-versed in these matters. The safety of our residents remains our top priority, and we are taking every precaution to ensure their well-being during this challenging time.
We will continue to follow the recommendations of the National Hurricane Center and local emergency management authorities, and will update with any new developments.
Westminster Palms is actively planning and preparing for the arrival of Tropical Storm Idalia. Pinellas County has issued a mandatory evacuation order for certain low-lying areas. We are currently preparing to evacuate beginning tomorrow. Assisted Living residents will be relocating to Freedom Plaza in Sun City Center. Nursing Care residents will be relocating to Seminole Pavillion at Freedom Square in Seminole. Independent Living residents must evacuate by 10 a.m. tomorrow. We will remain at our evacuation sites until advised that it is safe to return home. We will continue to follow the recommendations of the National Hurricane Center and continue to update with any new developments.
We continue to monitor the course of Tropical Storm Idalia and follow the guidance of the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service. At this time, it is unclear what the impact will be or whether our community will be impacted. Please know that we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure safety. We will provide updates as our plans develop and the storm’s track becomes clearer.
Our team members are working hard and following their emergency preparedness plans. As part of that plan, we will be providing ongoing updates as appropriate. Please help us with this effort by calling us only as needed.